Container in the shape of a snow goose

Historical period(s)
Meiji era, late 19th century
Earthenware with white slip and colored pigments under clear lead glaze
Ikaho ware
H x W: 6.6 x 9.3 cm (2 5/8 x 3 11/16 in)
Japan, Gumma prefecture, Ikaho
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Container

Incense box (kogo)

goose, Ikaho ware, iridescence, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912)
Provenance research underway.

Meiji-era travel guides for foreign tourists described the hotspring village of Ikaho as "one of the best summer resorts in Japan." This box in the shape of a snow goose (distinguished by its black tail feathers) was made locally for sale to visitors as a souvenir. It may have held dry sweets. Freer acquired this piece from the collection of Samuel Colman (1832-1920), a New York-based interior decorator who worked closely with Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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