This symbols are on a vase or urn and I like to know what they mean. It would be great if somebody can help me. I am not familiar with chinese so a translation to english would be great. I try to find a translation myseld, but did not find any website that can help me with comparing the symbols to words. Only the D looking symbol that I thing would be 'Moon'.


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    i recognise some characters as “子子孫孫永寳用之” 😸 Aug 19, 2022 at 14:23
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    This should be interpreted as 太師小子望作子子孫孫永寶用之. Indeed the D looking thing is 月 (moon) as the top right part of the character 望.
    – dROOOze
    Aug 19, 2022 at 20:30
  • Thank you! How would that be translated to english? If I use Google translate then it gives 2 translations. How would I interpret this? 子子孫孫永寳用之 Children and grandchildren Yongbao use it 太師小子望作子子孫孫永寶用之 Taishi boy wants to be used by his descendants Sun Yongbao
    – Indy
    Aug 20, 2022 at 11:11

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thanks to @dROOOze and @水巷孑蠻

the characters looks like: 子子孫孫永寳用之 and it seems a copy like 西周 颂簋盖 ( refer to: https://view.inews.qq.com/a/20220421A07WF300 , the right most image. )

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  • 太師小子望作 it is made by Tai Shi Xiao Zi
  • 子子孫孫永寶用之 hope my chidren, grandsuns keep it carefully and used it forever.

it may be more helpful if you post the full image of this vase or urn.

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