A friend of mine bought that stone a while ago

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With the help of a friend, we were about to determine that the words in small seal script means (from left to right) (difficult) and (plentiful).

Combine together, it seems to go with Nanfu.

What does it mean at the time and is there still a meaning today?

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    阿難, ananda? is it on the base of an statue? Commented Sep 2, 2020 at 13:28
  • Hi @水巷孑蠻, yes it is.
    – Andy K
    Commented Sep 2, 2020 at 14:15
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    should be him as @水巷孑蠻 mentioned: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%80nanda Commented Sep 2, 2020 at 14:17
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    Dear @水巷孑蠻, can please write an answer? I'll accept it.
    – Andy K
    Commented Sep 2, 2020 at 14:24
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    yes, everything before fourth may movement (1919) should be read from right to left, top to bottom. Commented Sep 2, 2020 at 14:58

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first of all, read from right to left.

the right character, the left component is 𨸏(阜, ⻖) is easy to recognise. the right component is a 口 (mouth) with surrounding stroke, so, it’s also easy to guess that it’s 阿 (u+963f)

then, confirm the guess with 漢語多功能字庫


the left character, well, it’s also “easy” to find that it’s 難 (u+96e3)


put them together, the word is “阿難” ananda, one of the ten principle disciple of buddha.

further, judging from the photo provided, i think the characters are inscribed on a stone plinth, of a statue; that’s why i ask in the comment.

have fun :)


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