Does anyone know what this means? Would love to know more about the period it was made. Is it an authentic piece or reproduction?enter image description here

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the correct term should be “萬曆”

曆 (u+66c6)

a real, authentic artefact made during the period ad 1573-1620, should not use the character “歷”; it’s very likely that it’s a fake product, pretending it’s made in 明 dynasty 😼


  • Thanks for the information. I was 99% sure it was a reproduction. I don't have that kind of luck.
    – Headnsouth
    Commented Dec 7, 2023 at 21:58

萬歷 = Wanli Era (1573—1620)


萬曆 (Wanli) was a Ming Dynasty reign title (年號). As 水巷孑蠻 stated, 歷 is not the correct character, so it is most likely a fake

秊/nián/ Same as 年 = year

製 = made

萬歷秊製 = 萬曆年製 = Made during the Wanli Era (1573—1620)

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