The seal below the signature reads "Kinoto tori, shô" (1765, short months). The numbers for the short months make up the black outlines of the lantern and its stand.
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
Japanese, Edo period, 1765 (Meiwa 2)
- Artist Rogyô, Japanese, active about 1765
Waterhouse cat. #683; Ukiyo-e shûka supp. 2 (1982), pl. 648
20 x 9.8 cm (7 7/8 x 3 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (benizuri-e); ink and limited color on paper