Kabuki Playbill (Tsuji banzuke) for Hana Kyôdai Nenjûgyôji at the Ichimura Theater
29.9 x 44.7 cm (11 3/4 x 17 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.27914, 11.28342
Tsuji banzuke produced to advertise the kabuki dance drama “Hana kyôdai nenjûgyôji” that was performed at the Ichimura Theater (Edo) from the 21st day of the 3rd lunar month of Tenpô 11 (1840). This drama featured music by Naga-uta, Tokiwazu and Takemoto-style chanters. The main feature was the play “Shimekazari otakara Soga” that had begun its run on the 10th day of the 2nd lunar month. The program was jointly published by Fukuchi Mohei and Yamamoto Jûgorô.
「花☆十二月所作」 はなきょうだいねんじゅうぎょうじ (外題)
「七五三翫宝曽我」 しめかざりおたからそが (興行名)
天保11(1840) ・02月 ・10日より
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