Signed: Iwami No Kuni Kaaigwa Seiyôdô Bunshô-jo Chôkoku Toki Ni Tenpo Hinoto-Tori Horu Nori, (carved by Ms. Seiyodo Bunsho by the Kaaigawa River in Iwami Provience in the sping of the Hinotori yr. of the Tenpo Era)
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:  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