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a type of visual art related to writing

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Artist name and date of painting

What is the artist name and date of the painting? It’s ink on paper 7.5 in x 8 in.
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Need translation for painting in regards to who the artist is and what it reads in Chinese calligraphy

Watercolor painting with calligraphy script and a red seal it's 7 in x 7 in on paper
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Looking for translation of calligraphy piece into English

I am looking to get a translation of this calligraphy piece into English. (It was done as a demonstration by a Chinese artist at college ~1976.) Thank you! [
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Help translating seals, and phrase

I was wondering if anyone could help with the translation of this seal And characters, this are the only photos that i have right now. Thanks in advance
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Can anyone assist me in the translation of this vertical inscription and the oval seal positioned below it?

This text is inscribed to the left on my calligraphy style zen Buddhist painting. I guess this could be considered running script. There is an oval shaped, white character seal located directly below. ...
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Help with signature and seal

I have a painting with this signature and seal, can anyone tell me anything about it?
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What do these characters say? [closed]

I would be very grateful if anyone could translate the characters on this painting, and maybe tell me the artist name. Thank you
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Translation of this script to English please?

Translation of this script to English please?
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I need to identify two characters in a Blue-White Porcelain Calligraphy

Context. The porcelain is a large moon flat vase, from a private collection. The calligraphy is located inside a white rectangle, parallel to the mouth lip. The calligraphy is formed by 6 blue ...
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Could you help me translate this picture?

I got this picture frame as a present from my family, but I also really like the image even though I don't know what it means. I tried to find its meaning with google translate, and other image based ...
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Can someone help me translating this?

This was photographed by a friend in Beijing. Cursive script is very hard, I can only recognize two characters (多 永). The character on the top is clearly traditional (i.e. not simplified), though the ...
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I'm trying to figure out who the artist is on a painting. I don't know if it's Chinese or Japanese (Characters identified: 新羅山人 秋岳)

This is a signature on a watercolor painting. I'm trying to figure out who the artist is. I don't know if it's Chinese or Japanese. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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What is the signature and red seal on my landscape painting? (Characters identified: 廣城作)

The painting shows a landscape with trees, boats on water, and a mountain in the background.
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Seal translation (Characters identified: 嘉雲)

Please help me translate the name of this artist.
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Identifying mark (Characters identified: 胡窯)

Can somebody please tell me what this mark means? I would be so very appreciative.
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what exact image is the basis for the 圭?

The Hanzi meaning for 圭 guī = (old) jade tablet (a ceremonial badge of rank) I checked the images, not sure based on what jade tablet 圭 is drawn, can any one point to the correct image? Thanks
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Further information on calligraphy piece? (Characters identified: 斿于⿰坴丮)

I have a work of calligraphy that I am trying to get as much information as possible on. The story behind it is that back in college, I took a Chinese calligraphy summer session course (was maybe 4 ...
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Please, help translate the text and stamps on this painted silk screen to identify the artist and date?

This is a painted silk screen showing a mongolian mounted archer. I think that the original motif was shown on a 1280 painting, but this is, of course, much later (1900?).
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Please help with the meaning of seal calligraphy writing on the following clay board

Please help with the meaning of seal calligraphy writing on the following clay board.
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What does this artwork say? (Characters identified: 湖岩)

I'd like to ask you for help me to identify this sign and stample. It should be painting on silk.
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Can you help translate the scroll seal (Characters identified: 神龍圖 嘯天)

I believe this dragon is about shinlong but I would like to know the artist as I cannot make up any of the symbols
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Can someone help me to decipher this seal? (Characters identified: 君子愛人以德)

Can someone help me to decipher this seal? Edit: On the side carving I could read the date (辛未十二月 xīn wèi shí èr yuè: 12 1931/1991). What is the name of the carver?
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Help me translate stamps on bowls and paintings? (Ancient Chinese, Japanese & Cantonese) [closed]

Im looking for help identifying 7 pieces of art (5 paintings and two bowls). I was advised sby a friends grandmother that some is ancient Chinese, Japanese and Cantonese but have had no luck ...
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What are these characters? (Characters identified: 牧者所愛)

I'm very rusty, and can't figure out the last character. Am I correct that the first 3 are 牧者所? Thank you so, so much!
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Translation of signature on family shadow box art (Characters identified: 賀壽圖 北海貝雕)

Can someone provide a translation of the signature captured from a shadow box picture. My dad bought it for my mum on their anniversary about 30 years ago but they have both passed away. The family ...
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Chinese painting signature and seal translation (Characters identified: 羅鼎華印)

I have a Chinese watercolour and the scene is two birds with flowers. I cannot interpret the signature nor the seal and really need some help on this.
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Why most cursive forms of two Chinese characters, "不" and "正", have a different shape that violates the stroke order?

Tell me why most cursive forms of Chinese character, "不", is shaped like this: Instead of this?: Looks like four dots. And another Chinese character, "正", shaped like this: ...
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What is the style called where we draw characters without lifting the brush?

Consider this artistic rendering of the 福 (fú, happiness) character: Four characteristics stand out: The stroke thickness is constant (like in seal script, 篆书). The brush is never lifted (pushing to ...
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Translation and script type of Chinese calligraphy scroll (Characters identified: 高明配天 敬璧)

What is the translation of the text and seal on this scroll? What is the script type of the large main text? Initially I thought it was seal script since the characters looked quite similar to those ...
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Identifying 紫砂壶 product description (Calligraphy)

I was gifted a 紫砂壶, and although I can read standard characters, I'm having a hard time piecing together this product description. Here is what I have so far, and I'm having to guess a lot: 五四三二一     ...
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Chinese Collage Pictures made with paper, bamboo & Feathers (Characters identified: 松楓 沈陽)

We have a set of 3 collages bought from Hong Kongaround the 1970’s. Do you know who the artist is please?
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Translation of Chinese Scroll and Seal

Is someone able to help translate the text (calligraphy?) and seal on this scroll? I had a go at translating the seal using guoxuedashi and http://humanum.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/Lexis/lexi-mf/ but wasn't ...
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Is the 6-th stroke of 您 Pie or Dian?

Consider the character 您 My dictionary says that the 6th stroke is 撇 whereas the 8th stroke is 点. Is there a difference between how these strokes are written ? I mean the short 撇 in 你 and the left ...
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"Pixelating" the character 英

I would like to include a Chinese character (英) in a knitting pattern. To do so, I need to "pixelate" the character. Is this an acceptable representation of the character and is it easily ...
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Convert handwritten Chinese Characters into Chinese Fonts

I have a list of Chinese names in Chinese calligraphy. I'd like to enter them in a website with my mouse and have the app provide the names in a Chinese font that I can cut and paste in a Family Tree (...
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What do these two single-character calligraphic artworks mean? (Characters identified: 忍, 壽)

My mother purchased calligraphy artwork with these two symbols many years ago and now I have them and do not know what they mean. They are lovely, but I'd rather not hang them in my home without ...
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translation of text and seals on painting (Poet identified: Pu Ru 溥儒)

its been in the family since the 1950's, I asked a friend but he couldn't read it. also google translate was rubbish. friend said the calligraphy was to hard. added the very bottom bit
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Translation of seal script text (Poem identified: 元・譚處端《西江月・作伴修行未是》)

I've been trying to translate some seal script on a small piece a friend brought back from Japan. I've been using http://www.guoxuedashi.com/ and hanziyuan.net to guess them and think I ended up with ...
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When does 木 as a character component get detached legs?

Is there any discernible rule concerning whether 木 as a component of a character has attached legs (as in 李) or has detached legs (as in 新)? Worse, this seems to vary from country to country.
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Help with Zen Painting translation?

Can anyone help with translating this? I think I see characters for Buddha, Chan Zen and Insight or Seeing Clearly?
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What about the orthography of 苹 (like in 苹果)? It seems consensus is missing

I recently came across an anomaly in Chinese orthography which I can't explain myself. Please take a look at the following picture (screenshot from the Duolingo course on Chinese, I guess in lecture &...
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Please help identify traditional Chinese painting

I've inherited a Chinese cloth painting from my ancestors. I'd be grateful if you could help me know more about the artwork through the signature and seal. (Full artwork)
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Is there a website for generating xíngshū (semi-cursive script) from jiǎnhuàzì (simplified characters)?

Google Translate can be a useful tool for converting Simplified Chinese hanzi into Traditional Chinese — but I'm looking for a tool that will enable me to paste in a set of Simplified characters, and ...
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What are good resources for Chinese calligraphy?

Pen writing and brush writing is also welcome. If possible, I hope you can give your evaluate for these resourses. I have heard 灵飞经 is a good copybook. Are there something close to that?
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The number of "components" (potentially) to define a Chinese character typeface

This post goes into some hypotheticals on how long it might take to design a Chinese font compared to a Latin font. It shows an image of potentially some "radicals" which could be used as the base ...
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How to write Chinese fluently?

After learning how to write chinese by directly copying characters from my phone or my computer (digital ones), I noticed that I still can’t decipher the character chinese people are writing. I know ...
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Poem for Calligraphy Art

It maybe very dumb, stupid and unwise that I have an interest in learning to write Chinese calligraphy when I can't write more than hundred Chinese words, but still I always think Chinese calligraphy ...
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What are these characters from this chopsticks packaging?

What are the characters shown in the following chopsticks packaging? I've no idea what the first character is and the Chinese speakers at the restaurant at which I was given this package couldn't ...
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Traditional alternative to 水寫布 (water-writing paper) for calligraphy practice?

I'd like to practice my writing with brush, and came across this textile that I think is used a lot in schools at least in Taiwan: Image from http://detail.net114.com/chanpin/1018435996.html It's ...
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What was the idea behind simplification, given 行書 existed?

Efforts of simplification of Chinese Characters predate the Communists by decades. I assume that all these native Chinese people in favour of simplification were infinitely better educated than I am. ...
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