Earthenware with white slip and colored pigments under clear lead glaze
H x W: 6.6 x 9.3 cm (2 5/8 x 3 11/16 in)
Ikaho, Gumma prefecture, Japan
late 19th century
Incense box in the shape of a resting swan.
Clay: dense, resonant, light-buff.
Glaze: transparent, lead glaze, crackled and pitted, with slight iridescence over white slip, eyes and tail, black; bill, red and yellow underglaze pigments.
Marks on the base.
Marks: Ikaho ware, in black, and ciper (kao) in red.
Samuel Colman (1832-1920), New York, NY, and Newport, RI, to 1902 
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 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 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).
 See note 1.
 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.
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Japanese Art of the Meiji Era (September 20, 1997 to April 26, 1998)
Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons in Japanese Art (September 14, 1977 to April 8, 1978)
Previous custodian or owner:
Samuel Colman (1832-1920)
American Art Association (established 1883) (C.L. Freer source)