I need help getting this translated. I think it's a lesser seal or even Hong Shan era. Attempts to translate by myself have failed to match the script.

stone turtle shell carving


turn it upside down:

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the middle one is 㞢 (u+37a2), which means “have, exist”


the lower one is 屮 (u+5c6e), which is the original of “草” (grass); in context, it means grass or wood


the top one is not yet identified, most likely is a location related character.

have fun :)

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  • I'd tentatively offer 日出屮 > 日出草, on the grounds that, apparently and as far as I can remember, 之止出 are often not distinguished in older forms of the Chinese script (as eg in 武 which was humorously identified as 止戈 in a locus classicus but should probably be understood as 出戈), and 屮 is one half of 艸, modern 草, because, well even my crappy Linux IME here allows me to write 屮 by entering cao. Understand 屮 as 草地 and the sentence writes, in as simple forms as possible, "the sun is rising from the grasslands". – John Frazer Jun 29 at 9:49
  • @john frazer, nice try :) well, “出” in oracle bone, bronze, small seal script are more complicated than “㞢”. humanum.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/Lexis/lexi-mf/search.php?word=出. “日”, it can’t convince me. actually, the character “西” in bronze script is on my mind (except the internal component) humanum.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/Lexis/lexi-mf/search.php?word=西 – 水巷孑蠻 Jun 29 at 10:32
  • The image shows a pointy upper end, it is true, but it lacks the crisscrossing lines; I find humanum.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/Lexis/lexi-mf/search.php?word=日 much closer. Over at humanum.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/Lexis/lexi-mf/search.php?word=㞢: "之 出也。象艸過屮,枝莖益大,有所之。一者,地也。" As shown on zdic.net/hans/俑?q=之, the Shuowen seal character is very close to 㞢 and the humanum.arts.cuhk.edu.hk source identifies the two that 许深 associated with 出. zdic.net/hans/俑?q=屮 gives "屮 chè 草木刚长出来。 cǎo 古同“草”。", so I still find my reading plausible. – John Frazer Jun 29 at 13:06
  • @JohnFrazer This entire question is basically unanswerable - the text segment is too short and we're not sure of the context. It might not even be Chinese. If I had to give an interpretation, it would be the transcription 白㞢(之)屮. – dROOOze Jul 2 at 12:36
  • Also, consider the interpretation 白(伯?)㞢(有)又(祐). – dROOOze Jul 2 at 12:41

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