Season-opening Program (Kaomise banzuke) for the Nakamura, Ichimura, and Kawarazaki Theaters

江戸三芝居顔見世番付

Japanese
Edo period
1846 (Kôka 3), 11th month
Artist Hôjudô (Japanese)


Dimensions

33.7 x 37.2 cm (13 1/4 x 14 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

00.1778

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Kaomise banzuke produced for the kabuki theater’s annual “face showing” ceremonies that announced the beginning of the new kabuki season and advertised each theater’s newly formed acting troupe. The banzuke displays the crests of Edo’s three main licensed kabuki theaters: the Nakamura, Ichimura and Kawarazaki Theaters. These were collectively known as Edo’s “San shibai”. The program dates from the 1st day of the 11th month of Kôka 3 (1846).
江戸三芝居顔見世番付
浪速 豊壽堂筆
弘化03(1846) ・11月 ・01日より
 「弘化三午年☆霜月朔日」

Signed

Naniwa Hôjudô hitsu
浪速 豊壽堂筆

Provenance

By 1900, William Perkins Babcock (b. 1826 - d. 1899), Boston and Paris; 1900, bequest of William Perkins Babcock to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 05, 1900)

Credit Line

Bequest of William Perkins Babcock