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I am trying to read the seal script on the base of a porcelain piece. I am not sure if it is from China or from Japan.

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  • I see you have updated your subject title to include the answer provided by L Parker. Unless you are waiting for more responses, you shall accept his answer, and give him the credit. I don't think he cares, but it is a polite thing for you to do. – r13 Apr 27 at 23:37
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    @r13 no, I did that. We've generally done this in Chinese StackExchange to make sure that it is easier to find past Q/As on character-identification questions. For these Q/As to remain useful for Chinese SE, they need to be found easily & quickly. – dROOOze Apr 28 at 5:08
  • @dROOOze I see. – r13 Apr 28 at 15:47
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  1. From right to left, up to down:

大明嘉靖年製

Made during the Jiajing era of Great Ming

  1. 大明 is the official name of the Ming dynasty. 嘉靖年 refers to the Jiajing era (1521–67). is a verb meaning 'to make', here it is passive. So assuming this not being a counterfeit, it is from China.

  2. An old character for is (seen here), which is frequently adopted in seal scripts.

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