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#1 Guido Schiller

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 09:38 AM

I’m searching for one of the kanji on a wood carving; the first 小 is as easy as it gets, and the third 製 usually means “made by” in this context. However, the middle one has me stumped. I *assume* it’s (which is already an abbreviation of ), but I can’t find a single example.

 

Any suggestions/confirmation? What's the name of the artist/craftsman?

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#2 Bugyotsuji

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 12:21 PM

Apart from far-fetched imagination, nothing to offer here. What kind of carving?

 

(The imagination, for what it is worth is 小 being a humble reference to oneself, perhaps after retiring from great office and starting anew as 隠居, and novice carver.)


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 12:30 PM

I think it must be a stylised version of 隱 


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 01:17 PM

The signature is ´´ Shoin sei ´´

 

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 01:28 PM

Tom, can you share your thinking?


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 01:52 PM

I think 小隠 is pronounced as "Sho'in" (on'yomi)

 

Tom, can you share your thinking?


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 01:59 PM

Matt, yes, I agree that Sho-in reading is one possibility, but there are others, such as Sho-on, Ko-in, Ko-on, and so on.

 

I am interested in how Tom comes to that single reading conclusion, to the exclusion of any others. It's a little take-it-or-leave-it, point-blank, do you not think? If he knew of or found another example of the artist's work, then I would be happy enough to accept it.


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 03:09 PM

The middle Kanji ´´ In ´´ is his own made Kanji ´´in ´´ from normal. Or better his characteristics Kanji. Thats the thinking.

 

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 07:58 PM

I *assume* it’s (which is already an abbreviation of ), but I can’t find a single example.

 

 

You are right Guido. It is indeed a variant of the 隠 character and can be found in this database:

 

http://jigen.net/kanji/167686

 

Doing a quick check on Japanese pages for a reading of 小隠 , most seem to quote the name "Shô'in".



#10 Pete Klein

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 10:37 PM

小隠制衣 -- possibly 'Shoin Seiki' but I cannot find anyone/anything in search.


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#11 Guido Schiller

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Posted 22 July 2017 - 05:49 AM

I really appreciate all the help (in this thread and via PM), and especially Markus for the confirmation - I wasn't aware of that website, it's bookmarked now!






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