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"
    – FUZxxl
    Commented Mar 14, 2012 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.
    – Feng Jiang
    Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 20:43
  • It was stamped this way intothe figure.
    – FUZxxl
    Commented Mar 14, 2012 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
    Commented Mar 14, 2012 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.

  • BTW, the traditional writing is 乾隆御製, 禦 is only used for the meaning of "defend".
    – FUZxxl
    Commented Mar 15, 2012 at 18:41
  • @商榮沛 you are right. thanks for pointing it out. I have made an edition.
    – Huang
    Commented Mar 15, 2012 at 23:21

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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