Season-opening Program (Kaomise banzuke) for the Morita Theater
34.4 x 47.2 cm (13 9/16 x 18 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 00.1515, 11.28143
Kaomise banzuke were traditionally produced to advertise the annual “face showing” ceremony that was held in celebration of the opening of the new kabuki year. This banzuke was produced for the Morita Theater (Edo), and was published on “an auspicious day” in the 1st lunar month of Man’en 2 (1861) by Ogawa Hansuke.
万延02(1861) ・01月 ・吉日より
版元備考： 小川 半助
Eshi Torii Kiyomitsu hitsu
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