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This signature is on a print from the 1960s. There are symbols in the art such as a fish (see ring and vest clasp)and a hamsa (possibly) in the outer border.

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  • Looks like japanese katakana: severalingvo.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/… Do you know the origin of the art? – Santiago Nov 11 at 15:35
  • I see the similarity to Japanese Katakana but don't see the "dots" underneath the letter as in the art.I don't know the origin. I thought perhaps an Israeli artist because of the hamsa and fishes in art. And I believe the 1960's because of the style of hair & clothing. – Kristina Nov 11 at 16:05
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    Why assume that it is anything other than a highly-stylized idiosyncratic signature? Artists do weird things sometimes. – John Coleman Nov 11 at 21:49
  • John: I will consider that it may be an artist's signature but want to rule out that it is a written language first. Spencer: And yes, I will check out that very deep rabbit hole. – Kristina Nov 12 at 14:14
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It looks like Hebrew alphabet, רִיקִי "Riki" (or "Ricky"). Note the position of the signature on the canvas – in the bottom left corner, in Hebrew it's "the end of the text" position since they write right to left. The European painters usually sign in the bottom right corner, in the European "end of the text" position, because Europeans write left to right. When the painting is finished, as the last stroke the painters put their signatures, thus finishing the work.
Also, a dot beneath a letter is typical for Hebrew, such a dot is called Hiriq and denotes the [i] sound, like in 'sit', 'pin', or 'give.' And yes, that is very likely hamsas in the outer border.
Unfortunately, I have no idea who Riki/Ricky is or who signed paintings like that.

  • That is very helpful. Thank you! – Kristina Nov 18 at 22:20

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