Can someone please help me figure out what characters are and how to translate the top four and the seal characters in the attached pic? If you could please answer in a clear way to identify which is the top four characters and which are in the seal squareenter image description hereenter image description here

  • Those aren’t real Chinese or Japanese characters. They got one character 用, but that’s probably a coincidence.
    – dROOOze
    Jul 12, 2018 at 12:34
  • This is just an non-Chinese writer imitation of the pottery stamping, such stamping is called 底部押花款.
    – mootmoot
    Jul 13, 2018 at 15:23
  • Thanks. Crazy to think someone went to such a great length in creating this elaborate vase but butchered some simple characters
    – dwkd
    Jul 13, 2018 at 21:32

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my guess:

the top one is 呈 (u+5448)


the second one is 瑞 (u+745e)


others, it takes time to recognise :)

  • Thank you this is great. Really having a hard time even identifying the radicals of the other 2 characters
    – dwkd
    Jul 13, 2018 at 8:05
  • Could it be that the fourth is dragon 龙 ?
    – dwkd
    Jul 13, 2018 at 8:11
  • Also the third character second radical looks like Shou (hand) 手 in a caligraphic variation
    – dwkd
    Jul 13, 2018 at 8:14
  • the third one, it looks like 射 (u+5c04), or 財 (u+8ca1); unfortunately, i can't think any semantic "word", that coulee be matched. :( Jul 13, 2018 at 10:11
  • Thanks. Bottom mark seems to say Jià Yong ( 嫁用 ) what do you think?
    – dwkd
    Jul 13, 2018 at 13:18

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