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Just want to know what this signature says

Posted: May 4, 2015 11:07 am
by kdlane47
It is on a watercolor on canvas of Still Life. that's all I know about it.

Thanks!

Re: Just want to know what this signature says

Posted: May 20, 2015 10:43 am
by Gary
One of the characters is 新 meaning "new" and romanized as xin (sounds a bit like "shin").

In Japanese, it is usually pronounced "shin" but can also be pronounced various ways when used as a surname, given name, or personal name:

(surname) Waka;
(surname/given name) Hajime;
(surname) Niihama;
(surname) Nii;
(surname) Susumu;
(personal name) Shinpuku;
(personal name) Shinbuku;
(personal name) Shinfuku;
(personal name) Shinji;
(personal name) Imaki;
(surname) Arada;
(surname) Aratashi;
(surname) Arazaki

Still trying to identify the other character of this artist's name.

Re: Just want to know what this signature says

Posted: May 20, 2015 10:55 am
by Gary
OK, the other character might be 磐.

Pronounced "pan" in Mandarin, or often "Han" in Japanese. It can be a given name.

Meaning: firm; stable; rock; boulder; crag; cliff; anchor;

Other Japanese pronunciations:
(surname/given name) Ban;
(given name) Iwane;
(given name) Iwao

When written in cursive, this character can look like these samples:

磐

磐