Purple (Murasaki): Actor Sawamura Tosshô II as Shikun Tanzô, from the series Heroic Commoners for the Five Colors (Otokodate mitate goshiki soroi)
「男達見立五色揃 紫紐丹三 紫 沢村訥升」（二代目）
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900)
Vertical ôban; 36.3 × 24.4 cm (14 5/16 × 9 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Probably the right sheet of an incomplete triptych. No publisher’s mark or censor’s seal on this sheet.
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