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Questions about the identification of Chinese characters, especially characters seen in photos and other visual materials.

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This seal is a name. What are the characters and what do they mean? (Characters identified: 權固守)

This seal is a name awarded to a martial artist. I think the name means strong and protective. The word for strong might be the same word used for iron mills? Any help on the Chinese characters and ...
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Can anybody tell me who's artist seal this is? (Characters identified: 九峰山人)

I have bought 2 chinese paintings but i can't find who this artist is. Does anybody know who's seal this is and if it is valuable? Also, any info about the date when these paintings were created is ...
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Need translation of this painting inscription. Looks like Chinese Seal Font/script (Characters identified: 柔豐)

I have an image of a pictures inscription that appears to be in Chinese Seal Script/Font. Here is the image in black and white. Thank you!
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Do these two characters in a silver inlay on a small tray have a special meaning? (Characters identified: 大吉)

An inlaid silver tray with what is possibly a Buddhist symbol
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I was told this painting was written in small seal script. I dont speak any chinese. Can anyone translate it for me? (Characters identified: 天光時來四景開拓)

I inherited this painting from my grandmother, so I don't have any information about it's origin. She lived in China around 1965 or 1966, but don't know if it was purchased there.
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Can someone please translate this, I think it is seal script? (Characters identified: 天神貴者太乙)

I think this is a prayer in seal script but I have not been able to find the characters anywhere. Can anyone tell me what it says in Chinese and English? Thanks!
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Calligraphy and artist on painting - help translating

I bought this painting from a charity shop because I love the colours and composition. Although I'm Chinese, I can't read calligraphy easily and I can only work out a few words like 寒, 艳 and 天. Please ...
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What is the meaning of 製年德宣明大,,please tell me?

製年德宣明大 I got this post from Gucci/Vas. Is this a sentence or a code? Does this article have any meaningful meaning?
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can anyone translate any of this seal script on an old bronze please

Ancient Chinese Small seal script translation.
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Translation/transliteration help request: 6 characters in seal script on a box holding a medal (Characters identified: 勛六等瑞寶章)

all -- among a box with some family heirlooms, I've found a lacquer box with a medallion inside. This was from a Russian family that left before 1917, and lived in China and then Japan before ...
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May I know name of artist (Characters identified: 查那晨製)

Need help in reading the seal to identify name of teapot potter . Would like to find his kiln and if his teapots and handmade. Thank you.
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Can somebody recogize the stye and/or meaning of the characters in the Image? (Characters identified: 壽)

This is the metal cover of the scabbard of a sword I bought in Chinatown Los Angeles.
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Can you help me identify the artist and seal (Characters identified: 一青)

These came from my grandfather who fought in WW2.
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I have a small painting with a signature and seal which i cannot read.?

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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I need help identifying the characters on this artist’s seal (Characters identified: 南海)

I have this cool tshirt from the 1990’s and really want to know who is the artist. I actually lived in Guangdong for 4 years and have asked some friends but they cannot help. So… translation software ...
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Does anyone know how to read that kind of music sheet ? It’s supposed to be for an instrument called Guqin

A friend of mine would like to know how to read this music sheet for an instrument called Guqin. Does anyone have ever heard about that kind of sheet ?
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Bronze script on Chinese Ge (Characters identified: 之戈)

Ancient Spring and Autumn/Warring States Period Chinese Ge (pole weapon) said to have been unearthed at an ancient community burial area along the present day Thai/Cambodia border near Aranyaprathet, ...
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Help to identify chinese seals on 2 paintings

Here is 2 others asian paintings that I own from which I totally ignore the artist's name and would be happy to know it. Painting 1: Painting 2: Thank you for your help so far!
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Can someone help decipher this seal? (Characters identified: 皇宮珍藏)

Need help deciphering this seal. It looks to be seal script, or older than Traditional Chinese. Found on the bottom of a Dragon Turtle figurine.
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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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Identification of asian seal on painting (Characters identified: 爲善最樂)

I've got some old asian paintings from which I totally ignore the artist's name or calligraphy meaning and I'd be happy if I could get some help. You can zoom to increase quality. Thank you
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Chinese seal on a spanish manuscript (Characters identified: 謨區查印)

I doing a research thesis of a XVI Spanish manuscript. But I find a Chinese seal at the beginning and at the end of the binding book. Could someone help me translate the seal or identify it origin or ...
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Asian seal identification (Characters identified: 文景)

I inherited this painting from my grandfather and was wondering if anyone could give me any information about the seal.
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Artist Seal Reading

Can this artist's seal be deciphered?
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Translation of a seal from a modern Chinese print (Characters identified: 榮寶齋製)

could anyone help me with the reading of this seal, it is from a Chinese print
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Seal script translation please (Characters identified: 老伴)

Hi, can anyone help me with this name in seal script, please? It's from a Chinese picture.
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Need help identifying this signature chop? wondering about meaning, age, history? (Characters identified: 彝齋)

I have this beautiful silk wall screen with lilies, and would love to know more about it. I cannot can't find any information. Can anyone help identify the chop stamp please? wondering about meaning, ...
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This is on the bottom of a bronze vase (Characters identified: 萬歷秊製)

Does anyone know what this means? Would love to know more about the period it was made. Is it an authentic piece or reproduction?
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Looking to identify a watercolour signature (Characters identified: 郭連訓)

Looking to identify a watercolour signature i just purcashed. 1989 made. any help is much appreciated.
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Seal script translation

enter image description hereI have two bronze seals in the form of tigers which I think may be Korean , the first with characters in what I think is Chinese small seal script the second in a normal ...
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Can anyone help translate an artist's seal for me? (Characters identified: 臨摹)

I have an original art print of a Wei Jin tombs brick but I can't get an accurate translation of the artist's seal. Below is a picture of the seal. Thank you to all who reply.
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Please Help Me Identify This Artist's Seal (Characters identified: 清湖)

Artist's seal. Please help me identify artist.
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Can someone tell me what this symbol is. Strongly believed to originated from Hong Kong a long time ago

Inherited this ring and looking to learn more about it.
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船 composed of characters for vessel, 8, and person?

Is 船 (chuán, boat) composed of the characters for vessel, eight, and person? Is this the etymology of 船?
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Soapstone Stamp Translation

I was wondering if someone could help me identify the two characters on the bottom of this soapstone seal? I've tried to work it out, but these characters are quite unfamiliar to me / stylised in a ...
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help identifying artist seal in this abstract painting [duplicate]

Hi there, I need help identifying artist seal in this painting. Would anyone be able to help? Thank you. K.
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Identify Painting Chinese or Japanese? (Characters identified: 華岳 洪氏)

I bought a scroll painting. It looks very old painting. It is a very beautiful painting but I want to know the artist name and what it is written in there. Kindly help me in identifying this. Thanks ...
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Character differences—just a font variation?

On a Mac, with a pinyin input method, if I type "shen," the first choice offered is what I expect.  But if I select it, what goes into the text file looks different.  Are the differences ...
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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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What are these two characters?

I need a little help deciphering a document. There are two characters that I'm unsure about, and I would appreciate your expertise. The first one seems to be 鵬, with the 朋 written together, but I'm ...
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Hi I found a teapot and need help

I found a teapot with a maker's mark I'm trying to learn more and find out whose it is. Unfortunately I know nothing about these kind of things, I just thought was cool when I bought it, but would ...
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Can you translate this scroll painting. Signature & words. Thank you

This is a scroll painting of a Rooster. Could you help identify who painted Era and what description. Thank you.
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Painting signature translation (Characters identified: 筠新)

Painting done in China in 1987 by local artist. I've asked many Chinese Nationals to translate, unfortunately no one could. I was always told that it is written in very ancient Chinese. Any help would ...
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Can anyone help me with the identification of this mark which is located on the bottom of my porcelain bowl?

This underglaze mark assumed to be Chinese is located beneath a fine porcelain bowl that I own. I have no clues as to the actual translation. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Seal on Yixing Teapot (Characters identified: 吳紅芳制)

I found this little teapot at a thrift store today, and am intrigued by the characters on the bottom.
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Two Large (2x2x2) Stone Seals needing transcription (Characters identified: 志在聖賢 爲官心存)

Large Stone Seals needing transcription
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Can anyone help with these markings?

I have bought this bowl in an auction and I'm looking for help with these markings. I've used Google lens but it keeps coming up with allsorts. Many thank
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Help with paper fan artwork; artist seal information (Characters identified: 滴水成河)

I was helping someone move from an apartment complex a few years ago and found some paper fan art in the dumpster. Can anyone help tell me what I have here and who the artist is or direct me to some ...
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Can anyone decipher this (2)?

Is this one read from right-to-left or left-to-right? I can't tell. Is the rightmost one 八卦穿衣 or 穿衣八卦? Either way, it doesn't make sense to me. Is the leftmost one 富貴開運 or 開富貴運? Each individual ...
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Please help with translation of inscription on a bone (?) tablet and purpose. Thank you

Chinese characters Man riding on a Bull
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