The Seals

Is anyone able to give the modern character equivalents for these seals? I'm completely stumped on the top one, but got as far as "X 廾 東 X" on the bottom one.

There's also a 詩塘 at the top, and I don't even know what script it's in. I initially assumed it would be seal script, but then the version of "山" in it (below the 三) wasn't correct for seal script, so I thought it might be something else. I've attached the photo in case anyone knows what it is (or might even be able to translate it).

The 詩塘

Thanks, TK.

  • FYI: the only standardised small seal script is given in Shuowen Jiezi. An artist's calligraphy in small seal script may not adhere to this standard, so there needs to be some thorough investigation before something can be determined as wasn't correct for seal script. That「山」is modified from an oracle bone or bronze inscription shape. – dROOOze Jan 30 '19 at 6:23

The characters in the following transcriptions are given at their original positions in the images. Please be aware of the directionality when reading these characters, which is generally from top to bottom, right to left.

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庭植, artist's self-styled pseudonym.

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Artist's real name. Three characters only:

  • Right hand character is 「呉」 re-interpreted into a (non-standard?) seal script shape.「呉」is a variant of「吳」.
  • Top left is 「東」.
  • Bottom left is too hard to see, although the two seals are probably identical to

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    in which case the character is 「槐」.

Thanks to @水巷孑蠻 who found these seals here, which record the name of a Qing Dynasty artist 吳東槐.

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Note that I would consider this a non-standard way of writing「白」(bottom left-hand corner). This is equivalent to writing「自」and omitting one of the horizontal lines, but「白」and「自」are from completely different glyph origins.


(uncertain; corrections welcome)

This is part of the Tang Dynasty poem by Li Bai, given below:










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    @drooze, i "suspected" the aritst name is 伊秉綬, but i need more evidences to proof it :) – 水巷孑蠻 Jan 30 '19 at 7:50
  • @水巷孑蠻 yes, I'm very uncertain of my attempt at transcribing the artist's name. Can you try the second seal? I suspect it's not 4 characters but 2 or 3. – dROOOze Jan 30 '19 at 7:51
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    the seal also appears in this painting, cang.com/trade/show-14968316-2.html, further, the first seal should read as "植庭", a courteous name of 吳東槐 – 水巷孑蠻 Jan 30 '19 at 7:59
  • @水巷孑蠻 ahh..that's a corruption of 吳. OK, I know which variant of 吳 it is, I came across it while trying to search up this character. – dROOOze Jan 30 '19 at 8:01
  • maybe this evening, currently i'm "very" occupied :( – 水巷孑蠻 Jan 30 '19 at 8:03

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