enter image description hereHere is an old ink on paper painting - can you identify the red seal signature and the text? Thank you.

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I believe the seal is 常道. Pretty sure it's the painter's name.

余登峨眉,宿于洗象池,夜入被窝,如入凉水中。 癸未四月廿五日,常道

I climbed to the top of the Emei Mountain, and stayed at night in the Xixiang Pond (wash elephant pond). When I hit the sack at night, it felt like entering cold water. April 25, 2003. Chang Dao

  • Thank you! That is very helpful. I was wondering how you came to the date 2010, as it was believed to be older than this? Oct 19, 2021 at 7:43
  • @CryptoTakers Sorry that I made a mistake. I should have double check it before posting the year rather then relying on my memory. It should be 2003 + n * 60, n is any integer you can think of. This is because 癸未 is part of the so called 干支, which can be used to track year within a cycle of 60 years. You can check out the wikipedia page for more information. Oct 19, 2021 at 11:08
  • Thank you once again for your brilliant information. It's very much appreciated that you have taken the time to explain all this. Oct 19, 2021 at 15:01
  • “余登峨眉,宿于洗象池”, 多了一个字
    – imkzh
    Oct 20, 2021 at 2:31
  • Thank you for this additional info. Oct 20, 2021 at 11:14

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