I purchased this lovely carved horse chop today but I can not read the characters… is anyone with that skill willing to help me translate please? enter image description here

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It is a seal, so you have to flip the image horizontally

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From left to right, top to bottom, it read: 維廉波拿特. Seems like an old transliteration of the English name "William Porter"

The modern Mandarin transliteration of "William Porter" is "威廉波特"

Judging from the crude penmanship, it is not from a famous, or even skilled artisan

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    波拿特 seems like it could also match the surname “Polat“.
    – Mou某
    Commented May 8, 2022 at 0:25

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