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I have a friend who bought a buddha figure on a Chinese market. On its bottom there is this seal, written in seal script, that has an original size of 1.5cm × 1.5cm. Any idea what it means?

The character at the top left seems to have the component 是, the character on the bottom right is probably 隆. I've no idea on the others though.

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@OP: Please create a tag "seal-script" –  商榮沛 Mar 14 '12 at 20:40
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why don't you stamp on a piece of paper and scan what you got. This one is backwards, I think. –  Jfly Mar 14 '12 at 20:43
    
It was stamped this way intothe figure. –  商榮沛 Mar 14 '12 at 21:33
    
There is no need to create a tag that specific. Perhaps we should include a general tag used for "decipher" questions, if we want to accept them. –  Alenanno Mar 14 '12 at 22:32
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Frankly speaking, I have very few knowledge about works of art, but for the characters, they look like "乾隆御制(traditional Chinese:乾隆御製)". These characters are written in 小篆, which is an old font originally popular in 秦 dynasty and then mainly popular in seals afterwards.

"乾隆御制" means "[this work is] made for the emperor of 乾隆, or the royal members".

By the way, I believe this work is fake, since the font of "乾隆御制" is generally “楷体", not "小篆". I have seen some works made in that times on the TV (there are many TV programms for identifying such works nowadays)and I don't remember a work with that font.

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Thank you! That might be possible. –  商榮沛 Mar 15 '12 at 10:42
    
BTW, the traditional writing is 乾隆御製, 禦 is only used for the meaning of "defend". –  商榮沛 Mar 15 '12 at 18:41
    
@商榮沛 you are right. thanks for pointing it out. I have made an edition. –  Huang Mar 15 '12 at 23:21
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I think it's 乾隆御笔. It means This is written by the king 乾隆

Have a look at this stamp, it looks similar to your seal...

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Here is a collection of all 乾隆's seal if you are interested.

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