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Subject:Name on Japanese pottery mark
Posted By: Martin Michels Wed, Jun 13, 2018 IP: 84.26.216.123

A long while ago I found this Satsuma pottery mark of Hododa (Hotoda / Hodota). Up until now I'm still not able to decipher the name of the painter in the left column.
The mark says: Hododa Zo - Satsuma Yaki - ?? ?? Ga.
The question marks form the name of the painter (Ga = Painted by), but which name ??? Although I normally try to solve these problems myself, I need some assistance with this.

I'm sorry for not having the piece itself displayed, I collect only the Japanese pottery marks, not the pieces on which they stand.

Thanks in advance.
Regards,
Martin.



Subject:Re: Name on Japanese pottery mark
Posted By: Bill H Wed, Jun 13, 2018

Martin, the name in that stack on the left side looks to me like 悦眞/悦真 (this shows both of the two variants), but I defer to you to settle on the transliteration. This would mean "Truly pleasing". Another, more remote possibility might be 悦貴, with a meaning of "Pleased and honored".

I tried to fish something related to Satsuma out of Google but drew blanks with both possibilities.

Good luck,

Bill H.

Subject:Re: Name on Japanese pottery mark
Posted By: TD Wed, Jun 13, 2018

Hi, Martin,
The characters could be 悅真画.

Subject:Re: Name on Japanese pottery mark
Posted By: Martin Michels Thu, Jun 14, 2018

Bill H. and TD,
Thanks for helping me.
You both came up with 悦 as the first character: "Etsu" (ON translation).
The second character might be 眞 or 真, both meaning "Shin" (ON translation) or "Ma" (KUN translation).
That leaves as a name: Etsushin or Etsuma, both Romanji names in the Japanese Kanji Name Dictionary:
http://www.hipenpal.com/tool/japanese_names_search_and_converter_in_english.php
Since one can enter also Japanese names in Kanji, I tried both combinations: the combination 悦眞 gives no result, the combination 悦真 give 1 result: Etsuma (first name male).
And indeed, like Bill wrote, no matches found about Etsuma or Etsushin in relation with Satsuma, Hododa, Ga, Sei o Zo, not in English nor in Japanese.
So I'm going to use that Etsuma name in my Marks Catalog.
Thanks again,
Martin.


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