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Fast-written forms of 草书 characters

Are they frequently used? Which one of the three is applied more often: is it the 章草, the 今草 or the 狂草? Are they different in comparison with the 行書? Are there any online resourses to learn more ...
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Dot vs. slash in Chinese computer fonts

We have been working with a new character system that differentiates between a dot and a slash in Chinese characters. The issue I have is being able to instinctively tell which one I should use. When ...
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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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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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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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How to learn to read Chinese calligraphic paintings (and Chinese handwriting)?

I am able to read quite a few Chinese characters and can recognize most of the elements (combinations of radicals and other stroke sequences) which make up the 3500 or so or more characters found in ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A correction mark to indicate a word order reversal

The question comes from a popular ancient legend from "In Search of the Supernatural" (搜神記, 4 century CE) about a person asking for his lifespan extension. Here's the whole of it: 管輅至平原,...
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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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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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Help translating inscription and seal

I was recently gifted this painting and I’m curious about the painter. A friend said the painting indicates it was done in Autumn 1980, but she couldn’t read the painter or buyers name. I would ...
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How are the Kanji in this Dictionary Ordered?

I don't understand the basis for the ordering of the Kanji in this dictionary: http://www.wul.waseda.ac.jp/kotenseki/html/ho04/ho04_00717/index.html It seems to be a Rime Dictionary and I found ...
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Who is this artist?

Any help will be appreciated, am lost
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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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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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Can someone help translate the calligraphy in this picture?

This picture was a gift and is supposed to be a poem about the fjords in Hardanger, Norway. If someone could help translate the calligraphy, it would be greatly appreciated!
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Calligraphy translation assistance

I would like assistance with translation of the text and seal, if possible. I think it's written in Calligraphy. Thannk you, Stan
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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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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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written characters: bèi vs jiàn

I have two books displaying different meannings for characters that look the same to me: What is the difference (if any) among the character for "bèi" (shell, money) and "jiàn" (to see)?
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Identification of asian seal on 2 paintings

here is 2 others old asian paintings that I own from which I totally ignore the artist's name and would be happy to know it. I am posting the paintings gradually. Thank you.
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Help finding the artist

I was given a painted scroll and would like some help in identifying the artist and finding out if it is of any value.
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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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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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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 old scroll writing seal marks

I would like to know if anyone can translate the red reign seal marks and wording on these old scrolls.
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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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Translation of this script to English please?

Translation of this script to English please?
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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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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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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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Help to translate Chinese Calligraphy

I recently purchased this scroll from an auction, can anyone translate what is says please? Thank you in advance for reading.
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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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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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