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Subject:Mark on Satsuma vase
Posted By: Ian E Sat, Oct 09, 2021 IP:

Hi there, I would appreciate some help with this mark, only managed to get a few of the characters myself.

On the right I have 長州山 Choshuzan 薩摩国 Satsuma kuni.

I can only pick out a couple of characters from the center, that I can't seem to make sense of.

On the left I can read the zan and sei zo.

Any help much appreciated.

Subject:Re: Mark on Satsuma vase
Posted By: Martin Michels Mon, Oct 11, 2021

The rest of the mark reads: Kinkoku 錦谷 Jissei-in 實生院 Yoshitsugu 義次 Ryuzan 龍山 Seizo 製造 = Manufactured by Yoshitsugu Ryuzan (for) Kinkoku Jissei-in.

Kinkoku (not Nishikitani) seemed to be the pottery studio.

Jissei-in is a Buddhist name, which might be the pseudonym of the painter/decorator. Jissei-in is also the name of a Buddhist temple (-i = tyemple).
Sometimes "Jissei-in" is incorrectly named "Mibae-in" (Source: I.Nagy).

The name Yoshitsugu might also be Yoshitsugi or Yoshiji.


Subject:Re: Mark on Satsuma vase
Posted By: Ian E Wed, Oct 13, 2021

Thank you kindly, that is wonderful. I had got a little closer than I suspected, but my incorrect grouping of the kanji was causing me issues. | Associations | Articles | Exhibitions | Galleries |