Kabuki Playbill (Tsuji banzuke) for Plays at the Kawarazaki Theater: Hiragana Seisuiki, Sarumawashi Kadode no Hitofushi
河原崎座辻番付 「ひらがな盛衰記（ひらがなせいすいき）」、「猿廻門途諷（ さるまわしかどでのひとふし）」
29.2 x 37.3 cm (11 1/2 x 14 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper
Not On View
Tsuji banzuke advertising the kabuki drama “Hiragana seisuiki” that was performed at the Kawarazaki Theater (Edo) from around the 24th day of the 4th lunar month of Tenpô 13 (1842). The playbill also mentions the “Horikawa Act” from the drama “Sarumawashi kadode no hitofushi”, which would have also been included in the day’s program. Published by Ogawa Hansuke.
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