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Japanese Stirrups
Topic Started: Apr 2 2018, 03:21 AM (348 Views)
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Dear reader,

I recently visited the synagogue in my home town and to my great surprise recognised two iron Japanese stirrups displayed atop a small cabinet in a meeting room.
I asked the chairman of the synagogue's council how these stirrups had found their way to their temple, but he told me he hadn't even known that they were stirrups or Japanese in the first place.

The matter peaked his interest though, and he asked me if I could find out more about them. This is why I now turn to you!

The stirrups are adorned with what seems to be a family crest and also seem to be signatured (pictures are provided). The signature is made up out of 3 characters, the third one meaning something like "Made by" as far as my understanding goes.

I would like to ask of the members of this forum if they might tell me what the name of this mysterious craftsman is, or what these first two characters are.
Also, does anyone recognise this 'crest'. Is there a family name that goes along with it?

Many thanks in advance!


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Dear Rainyama,

I cannot read the first character clearly, but the next two are 岸竹 Kishitake, literally shore bamboo. It is not a common surname, but there is a well–known artist by that name.
The design looks rather complicated for a crest, so it might just be a decoration, but I am no expert.
Hope this helps.
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