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Subject:Translation of text on Suzuribako lid
Posted By: Rob Wed, Sep 06, 2017 IP: 81.152.62.179

Hi, can anybody help translate the text on the storage box lid of my Suzuribako?

Really appreciate any help.



Subject:Re: Translation of text on Suzuribako lid
Posted By: I. Nagy Thu, Sep 07, 2017

Here is the translation,
蒔絵  Makie (A type of Japanese lacquer ware)
地黒仙人之面  Jiguro Sennin no Men
Mask of a dark complexioned hermit (Immortal)
(There should be a mask depicted on the lid of
the case)
御硯箱    O-Suzuribako Inkstone case

With regards,

Subject:Re: Translation of text on Suzuribako lid
Posted By: Rob Fri, Sep 08, 2017

Thank you for your help, really appreciate it. Very interesting there is no Mask on the lid but the Sennin does have a dark complection.

I have posted a pic of the lid and also the indie of the lid.






Subject:Re: Translation of text on Suzuribako lid
Posted By: I. Nagy Fri, Sep 08, 2017

Dear Rob,
Your point is correct.
My reading was mistaken. The last character is
圖 Zu or picture.
The right full reading is,
地黒仙人之圖 Jiguro Sennin no Zu
Picture of dark complexioned hermit.
The inscription on the box is rather a mixture of square script and calligraphy, and in these
cases some characters like 面 and 圖 can easily be confused.
Thank you again for your question.
With regards,


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Subject:Re: Translation of text on Suzuribako lid
Posted By: Rob Sat, Sep 09, 2017

I really appreciate the time you have taken to help with this. I collect Netsuke and can use books to work out signatures on those but often you are left with several meanings.

Once again thank you and take care!


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