Beowulf wrote:Many thanks chelson! I am pretty sure that it is japanese and suspect that it would be the luthier's "signature." Of course this could contain a name, but also as you suggest a reference to the voice of the instrument. Thanks for your thoughts.
On a second technical point, I notice that today, all green aberrations have disappeared from my posted images? I also realized that the two posted images appear the same size in the posts despite the fact that the second upload file was 2.5+ times larger than the first. Perhaps an administrator will have the answer to this mystery.
Finally...to provide a more readable image of the writing on the label:
If my reduction of all the characters 巧语秀 are correct, then my suspect it is Chinese not Japanese. Why?
Because 语 (which also means spoken words, language) is a simplified Chinese writing strokes. Japanese Kanji is only written in traditional Chinese strokes. Just do a search in Internet, we can only find 語 in Japanese Kanji. Unless the Japanese who signed it uses the simplified Chinese writing strokes. Or, its a gift from a Chinese.
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