Container in the shape of a snow goose

Historical period(s)
Meiji era, late 19th century
Medium
Earthenware with white slip and colored pigments under clear lead glaze
Style
Ikaho ware
Dimensions
H x W: 6.6 x 9.3 cm (2 5/8 x 3 11/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Gumma prefecture, Ikaho
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1902.79a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Container
Type

Incense box (kogo)

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

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
Google Cultural Institute
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