The same 神 character is painted over a seal on 2 different artworks:

Painting over a seal seems rather rare to me. I guess this one is the seal from a collector, but I might be wrong. Do you know a particular reason why it has been painted? And does it have a special meaning (maybe a religious one)?

Edit: here's an attempt to make the seal readable:

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    It looks more like the seal was stamped over the character afterwards.
    – dROOOze
    Commented Apr 2, 2018 at 17:42
  • Right, it is obvious now you've said it. I can't read the seal script unfortunately...
    – LeBorgne
    Commented Apr 2, 2018 at 19:39
  • the seal is "乾隆寶翰", his majesty seal of the fifth Emperor of qing dynasty: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qianlong_Emperor Commented Apr 2, 2018 at 21:38

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well, the emperor 乾隆 was a collector, he used four characters "神", "妙", "能" & "逸" to categorise artworks (calligraphy, or painting).

and then, he used his seal to chop on the artwork :(


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