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Could someone help explain this text or signature?

The painting is of a dragon on a vase.It is approximately 4 inches square and would be interested in knowing more about it.

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  • Could you upload a photo of the vase?
    – Zorua Kuma
    Commented Feb 12 at 0:11
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    I know that the first two characters has to be 青花. But the third character looks like it's scripted.
    – Zorua Kuma
    Commented Feb 12 at 0:19
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    That's 青花「汝」, where 「汝」 points to 「汝窯」 (Ru ware), so it's not a signature. The seal might say 「月民」, but I don't know what it's supposed to mean - it might be some sort of name?
    – dROOOze
    Commented Feb 12 at 1:51
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    青花 is the Chinese name for the famous Ming Dynasty "Blue & White" porcelain. 汝 means "porcelain ware" So, 青花汝 means Blue & White Porcelain ware. This is a painting of a blue & white porcelain vase Commented Feb 12 at 3:33
  • BTW, the painting of the dragon on the vase has "Five Claws" In the Yuan dynasty, the two-horned, five-clawed dragon was designated for use by the Son of Heaven or Emperor only, while the four-clawed dragon was used by the princes and nobles. Similarly, during the Ming and Qing dynasty, the five-clawed dragon was strictly reserved for use by the Emperor only. Pity this is only a painting and not a real vase which would be worth 100s of 1000s in an auction. Commented Feb 12 at 3:33

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