Kabuki Playbill (Tsuji banzuke) for the Soga Festival (Soga Matsuri) at the Ichimura Theater

市村座辻番付 曽我祭

Japanese
Edo period
1781 (An'ei 10/Tenmei 1), 5th month
Artist Unknown, Japanese


Dimensions

40.5 x 30.1 cm (15 15/16 x 11 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.27349

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Theater: Ichimura

The Soga Festival (Soga Matsuri) was a custom of Edo theaters that celebrated the historical date of the revenge of the Soga brothers on the 28th day of the 5th month and marked the last performance of the Soga play that had been running since the beginning of the year.
1781、辛丑、天明01、05・16
市村
 曽我祭(そがまつり)

「大おどりにわか神事角力」とあり。

Signed

Unsigned
無款

Provenance

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)

NOTES:
[1] 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection