In need of a bit of translation...

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In need of a bit of translation...

Postby Damien W » Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:54 am

Greetings all!
Try as i might i've not been able to meet with much luck translating an inscription on the underside of a stand i recently bought...sooooo, the next logical step seemed to be to ask if anyone on here might have more of a clue than me?

I'd imagine its a date or maker's details or something along those lines?

What follows is my crude attempt to make it a little more readable... + a pic of the stand itself





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Re: In need of a bit of translation...

Postby Steve » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:50 pm

Hi Damien,

Sorry I can't be of any help - a bit too cursive for me. Is that stand Chinese perhaps? Looks lovely in any case.
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Re: In need of a bit of translation...

Postby Ford » Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:27 pm

Looks decidedly Japanese to me. It'd take while to properly read the inscription but I can clearly read Ōmiya 大宮 the middle there, which might refer to the place or simply mean 'large shrine'. Shrines are Shinto and Temples are Buddhist. Given that this is not likely a Shinto artefact based on the elaborate decoration. Ōmiya can also mean 'Imperial Palace' which case I'd be quite suspicious.

The following two kanji might be 方石
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