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I saw this seal recently visiting a friend of mine who collects old paintings and calligraphy in Shanghai. I'm hoping that someone here knows what these characters are. Any help is greatly appreciated!

Seal 1

EDIT: Here is the full image, including the calligraphy.

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the seal, my best guess is "敏之":

the left character is 㞢 (u+37a2), a variant of 之 (u+4e4b):

http://humanum.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/Lexis/lexi-mf/search.php?word=㞢

the right character had a left-right structure, the right component is 攴 (攵):

http://humanum.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/Lexis/lexi-mf/search.php?word=攴

unfortunately, the left component is hard to recognise, so "敏" is my guess only.

http://humanum.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/Lexis/lexi-mf/search.php?word=敏

  • Thank you for all the help! I actually think your guess looks pretty close! I am wondering what this seal would be referencing. Is this a name? I apologize if this is a silly question, I am new to this area. – Kagrenacle Jun 9 at 1:41
  • Also, is it possible to translate the calligraphy? I understand if it is too difficult or messy. – Kagrenacle Jun 9 at 1:56
  • most likely, it’s the name of the writer. about the calligraphy, certain characters are not yet recognised, maybe later :) – 水巷孑蠻 Jun 9 at 4:12
  • The link you provided about 攴 says that 攵 might be an alternative form of 攴, but there seems to be no evidence for the converse. – Vim Jun 9 at 9:24
  • @Kagrenacle the only characters I can recognise are on the second column, "丁卯年?(illegible)十二月". – Vim Jun 9 at 9:29

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