Subject:Re: Help identify Japanese vase
Posted By: Arjan Wed, Jan 25, 2012
The only reason I dated the piece to the Meiji period is that the ones I saw (with this typical high relief decoration) were all dated (by others) to this period.
I understand your confusion. I can’t really read it myself but I give it a try to explain.
Japanese Kanji characters can have different meanings and pronunciations.
To start with the last character “Tsukuru” this means make/made so that’s clear, I guess.
The first character can be read as “Shin” but also as “ Nii”
The second character can be read as “Zan but also as “yama”
So you can make different combinations with that and to get the right one you have to know the context/meaning of the combination.
With most “names” on Japanese Satsuma-like ware the second character can/must be read as “ zan” (Ryozan, Kinkozan, Kozan, Shuzan etc.) and that’s why this was my (and probably Guys’ ) first choise but both readings are possible.
Maybe others –who can really read and write it – can explain it better.
I think I have to correct one thing your colleague told you.
He speaks about “Mr.” maybe thinking it is the name of a person, potter or artist. With exceptions (of course) these names are just tradingnames, used by killns, factories or shops and not the names of persons.