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
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Container

Incense box (kogo)

goose, Ikaho ware, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912)

To 1902
Samuel Colman (1832-1920), New York, NY, and Newport, RI, to 1902 [1]

From 1902 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased at the sale of the Samuel Colman Collection, American Art Association, New York, March 19-22, 1902 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1147, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Samuel Colman was collecting Asian objects by at least 1880 (see Curatorial Remark 8, Louise Cort, April 20, 2007, in the object record).

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Samuel Colman 1832 - 1920
American Art Association (C.L. Freer source) established 1883


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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Rights Statement

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