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Questions tagged [character-identification]

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

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What are the characters in this seal script inscription on an ancestral altar?

Hi, this four character inscription is on an ancestral altar which contains two spirit tablets. I am unsure of the more modern equivalents of these characters and would be grateful for any assistance.
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What do the characters I've found on this old gun mean?

On an antique shotgun I was told had Korean origin I found the following (what I presume are Hanja?) characters†. Four out of five I believe I have correctly identified. One character I could not find ...
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What does this mean in English? (Its upside down I think in the pic)

Help me please! I feel so guilty without knowing what it means! Thanks..
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What do these Chinese symbols mean?

Looking for age or value of this bowl found while cleaning family home. This is the inside of the bowl. [![enter image description here][2]][2] [2]: https://i.stack.imgur.com/AZZvq.jpg
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Can anyone identify these characters?

Can anyone help me identify these characters, I'm having a difficult time even finding the radicals due to the photo quality. Thanks!
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Help identifying characters on a memorial coin

I recently got my hands into this coin No idea how it got here, nor where it came from, I've tried to identify the text with some chinese speaking friends but we are unable to fully comprehend. So ...
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need help me translate this title and signature?

can someone help me with what this says, i've tried google image search and even looking for different signatures but no luck so far.
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Translation of characters on antique metal

During my last visit in Shanghai I bought this old pice of metal, it might be silver. What are the characters on it? I am having trouble reading them. Also, what do they mean?
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Mystery Character (Components: 禾日日皿)

I have a mystery character that I cannot seem to find the usual way: OCR, radical search, stroke search, nor drawing in any IME pad. It appears to have 18 strokes in total and composed of 禾日日皿. The ...
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Help me translate the red signature seal on this picture?

I inherited these pictures from my grandmother who bought them in China in 1980-81. I have had a difficult time trying to translate the red artist signature seals. I have tried image translator app, I ...
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What does this seal stamp say?

My parents have bought some type of ceramic vessel (plate, pot, something like that), which has the following stamp on the bottom: Armed with 米好 '-'’s answer on how to decipher seal script, I’ve done ...
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What is the missing character on the seal?

跟進此問題,題中之印 共收六字,其中五字無疑,作爲 後皇漢裔帝X X是何字,解之有難。僅看字形,個人釋之爲「亘」,而@水巷孑蠻釋之爲「亙」,因漢朝既無「亘帝」也無「亙帝」,二解都有問題。 先說說「亘」與「亙」二字的字源。二者在秦漢之後已經就被混淆了,甚至到今世多釋之爲繁簡或異體關係,非也。 「亘」字本義是環繞、迴旋,很可能跟「還」、「漩」等類似的詞有同源關係,但初期竝無「亘」字而以「...
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What are the six characters on this seal?

What are the characters on this seal? The middle two seem to be 皇帝, but I can't make out the other four.
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Chinese Poem And Seal Translation Needed

Really Hoping someone can Translate this Old Chinese Painting Poem and Seal into English for me. edited, picture added.
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Could someone help me to identify these characters on the screen walls

Today I visited a garden of one of my friends and there were several screen walls with a character on each one. (The owner was absent and neither could his housekeeper read these characters.) These ...
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What are the characters on this seal?

What are the characters on this seal? Flipped image for easier reading:
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Can someone translate this Chinese calligraphy into English?

This was written by a relative of mine, Ahn Jung-Geun
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What is this character? How to identify it?

Came across this etching in a ABAC pattern as the A: The more complicated ones were easier to identify, but this one is kind of tricky. One guess was that it was the character for 今, but that doesn'...
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Translate the characters in this sign

I have tried to find the characters in this sign in order to translate them but with no luck for the 2nd character. This restaurant's French name is "Le bonheur" which in English is roughly "...
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Does this box in the movie 妖猫传 (Legend of the Demon Cat) say 鳳栖樓 on its lid and 私人必死 inside, and what do they mean?

I'm watching the movie 妖猫传 (yāomāo zhuàn) = Legend of the Demon Cat. About 10 minutes into the movie, a man secretly enters a room named 御宬 (yùchéng) = "imperial storage" (I think) and searches for a ...
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untranslated characters and their meaning

I recently seen a movie where this appeared and unfortunately this was the only part that wasnt translated. could anyone tell me what does it say? ty
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Can I translate “still alive” as 还活着?

if I have to translate "still alive" can I write it like this 还活着 or are there better ways to say it? I have to use it as a title of a poem, so it doesn't have a context or a phrase where it should ...
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Help please me find out what this means

I’m looking to find out what this means. Please help was handed down to me from my family
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What does this seal stamp on Chinese painting mean?

Is this seal the name of an artist or poet? How can I find him? [![enter image description here][1]][1] Is this translation okay? [![enter image description here][3]][3] Thank you for every answer....
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What are these characters on old brass stamps?

These brass stamps were found by a relative in China ~1917. I'm wondering what the inscriptions mean. The smaller one in the likeness of an elephant is worn and discolored.
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What character can “□” [fei3] meaning 呕吐 be?

I've got this entry from 《广安方言与民俗词典》which goes as follows: □ fei3 指呕吐。例:他中午吃醉酒了,fei3了一地。 □ is as Wiktionary states: Used as a placeholder for an unknown hanzi. There's a good chance ...
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Is there any evidence that 90% of characters are phono-semantic compounds?

I've heard this claim a lot, from Chinese teachers in real life, and on this Wikipedia page, where the claim "At present, more than 90% of Chinese characters are phono-semantic compounds" lacks a ...
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Can you please help me translate this title and signature?

I am trying to translate this signature from a watercolor painting I bought many years ago at a thrift store. I've tried google translate along with searching Asian artist seals, but no luck.
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What is the variant bā character for 巴掌?

I'm working through the entry for 耳巴 in《四川方言词语续考》and I don't have my paper copy around. The problem is I only have my crappy OCR'd digital version which is giving me �� where a proper character ...
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Only two characters but I have no idea what they signify

I was given a pair of gold cufflinks by my grandfather who was in Shanghai 100 years ago. Each shows a Chinese character (Mandarin, I guess) and I would like to know what these mean. However I have ...
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What's this character that looks like 七 with a ~ in the middle? And what's its history?

Having a hard time figuring out what this guy is: The equivalent Wikisource page for the material I'm working with says that it is: 甚 Perhaps it is Which zisea says it is: 同【甚】字。 If it is 七 +...
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How can I search for a Chinese character when I see it on a picture?

Like, when I see a Chinese character in this picture: What is the best way to find more information about this character (unlike English, there're only 26 letters, and I can type them and google. ...
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Three Chinese characters (?) on the entrance of the History Museum of Ho Chi Minh city

Since visiting the museum, I've been very curious about these three characters (shown below). I've unsuccessfully tried to search it on the Internet. Their pretty calligraphic style is one of the ...
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Can you help identify the artist for these Taizong horse rubbings?

Can you help identify the artist? The art was framed back in 1952 by the Jean Bohem Gallery in New York City. These are on scroll paper which is attached to something (cloth/ linen?) Beautiful ...
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Please help to identify the character [duplicate]

My hobby is to collect the wind chimes and the one I have recently bought had a pretty complex character on its pendant. I've tried to look it up by the radical 辵/辶, but to no avail. At first I ...
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Are these chinese characters understandable?

I am designing a logo for my company, starting from a chinese word (which i am not mentioning not to influence you, i am including it below in a spoiler). I simplified the ideograms a lot and I ...
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Character difference between 'buy' and 'sell'

The characters for 'buy' and 'sell', seem to have a subtle difference in the character. 買/买 (buy) 賣/卖 (sell) I want to know, what's the significance of the radial on top of the sell? How does ...
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What does the 3rd symbol on this sword label mean?

I have an century+ old sword which has this label: A Chinese friend at work said she understood 光雲一刀 = "Light cloud [something] sword" but she couldn't figure out the third character, some kind of ...
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Word translation

Can someone please help me identify these chinese or japanese characters and what they translate in english? If you could please answer in such a way to clearly distinguish between the large word and ...
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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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What is this handwritten character?

I'm trying to identify the first character in this image: If it helps, the pronunciation is meant to be "pong" (the whole phrase is Cantonese "pong hau kei"). I've tried looking through some Jyutping ...
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Can someone translate me this to english?

I have an image that is something wrote in chinese I think. Can someone translate it please? Thank you.
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ID the Artists signature

I have two watercolours (Birds & flowers blossom) but have not been able to find anything regarding who painted them.
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Meaning of these characters

Hello I wanted to ask if someone knows the meaning of These characters:
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Has Unicode included these Classical Chinese characters?

I've found these characters in an old dictionary about Classical Chinese / Sino-Vietnamese / Vietnamese. Although they can be analyzed pictorially (I don't know better words), I personally can't find ...
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Which is correct when referring to stroke count: 畫 or 劃?

In the context of the audio on the page at http://stroke-order.learningweb.moe.edu.tw/characterQueryResult.do?word=%E7%95%AB which reads out 共十二畫/劃, which is more correct when referring to stroke ...
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How to look up seal script characters?

When we know a modern Hanzi, finding its seal script equivalent in a dictionary is not a problem. However, a more common case is that we have an existing seal script character we cannot identify, and ...
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What is the name of the university in this seal?

I was able to read the second half (大學圖書), but not the actual name of the university. The image is cropped from a book posted here.
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What are the characters in the image?

I need to find the actual text characters in this image. I tried an online OCR and this is what I got. 万正嬴体简体 万正赢体简体 万正搔体简体 万正粗们简体 MS P二儡彭、y′又
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What does this mean in English, very few words (Screenshot inside)?

What does this mean in English if you translate it? And what does this mean in pinyin, please tell me its very important!