What does it say on the back of my painting?
September 14, 2008 12:56 PM   Subscribe

Could you tell me what's written on the back of my painting? The canvas is stretched and stapled onto wood, and there are some characters on it which I can't read. It's partially pen and partially marker. pen marker whole back
posted by iconomy to Media & Arts (7 answers total)
I don't know anything about Asian languages... but these pictures look upside down to me. I can't tell you why, I just feel like they are. I hope someone is able to help you out.
posted by purpletangerine at 1:07 PM on September 14, 2008

yes, your photos are upside down.

Flipped 180", the top photo is a name: REJI-NA•KONORI-, Japanese katakana for "Regina Connelly"

the lower photo:
Industrial Crafts Public? Type? D Group
Number One: Ikeda Keisuke
posted by troy at 1:22 PM on September 14, 2008

yup, upside down japanese.
troy has given the translation: here it is typed out:

一番 池田圭介

posted by monocot at 1:57 PM on September 14, 2008

Thanks! They looked upside-down to me as well, but what do I know? I shot them front top to bottom oriented the same way as the painting, figuring that was my safest bet.
posted by iconomy at 2:59 PM on September 14, 2008

So yeah, the public in my translation isn't public but "II" as in II-Type D-Group

(I was reading II as 立)
posted by troy at 5:27 PM on September 14, 2008

Thanks for the clarification, troy ;)
posted by iconomy at 8:19 PM on September 14, 2008

Why are the Japanese characters displaying for me as little boxes? How should I adjust the computer? I get real Japanese on other sites.
posted by JimN2TAW at 8:53 PM on September 14, 2008

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