Season-opening Program (Kaomise banzuke) for the Yamamura Theater
1709 (Hôei 6), 11th month
Artist Unknown, Japanese
30.2 x 38.2 cm (11 7/8 x 15 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (sumizuri-e), ink on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 00.1679, 11.27126
The Yamamura theater operated in Edo from 1642 to 1714 and was closed as a result of the Ejima-Ikushima affair.
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)
 Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection