Early Edo Period (circa 1700)
Height: 8 7/8 inches (22.5 cm)
Ford, Barbara Brennan. Japanese Art from the Gerry Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Harry N. Abrams, Inc, New York: p.88.
Of porcelain and underglaze blue, the mother hen, perched atop a tree stump surrounded by flowers, sprightly turns her head to her young chick comfortably balanced on her arched tail feathers. The plumage molded and incised, combs crisply delineated atop their poised heads.