The seal representing an imperial lion in red porfid, has two scripts.

  1. On the lateral of the base, two colons (XVI-XVII Chinese Characters). My research helped by one chinese friend say that it says "Year of the Dragon, Hu Zhengyan". Famous printer, artist and seals carver 1584-1674. 庚辰年(龙年)胡正言.I would like confirmation.

Please find attached oneseal base inscription picture took from the seal.

Thank you very much in advance. Aurelio

  • It is indeed 庚辰年 胡正言
    – Tang Ho
    Dec 21, 2021 at 12:09
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    supposed the seal is not fake, the “庚辰年” should be interpreted as 1640. because during mr 胡’s life, it’s the only match. Dec 22, 2021 at 0:24
  • Thank you very much it has been very useful.
    – Aurelio RZ
    Dec 22, 2021 at 9:45

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"胡正言" should refer to the Chinese artist. He was born in 1584 and died in 1674.

"庚辰年" is recorded by "干支纪年法 (The sexagenary cycle)", a cycle of sixty terms. You can check specific years at 庚辰年. Based on his profile we can deduce "庚辰年" here refers to 1640.

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