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

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Can someone read this unusual seal?

Can someone read this unusual seal? This seal is part of a set of 2 seals. The other one read 光 明 之 天 理 也, I think? I've posted an image of the other one below. These 2 seals seems related to the ...
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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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Can you help me to read this seal

Can you help me to read this seal. Is this phrase part of a poetic or philosophical text ? Many thanks for your translation and your findings. My seal is a bronze round seal , diameter 55 mm, high 42 ...
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What are the characters in this seal? (Characters identified: 白云長滿目)

Does this phrase comes from a poetic or philosophical text? Many thanks for your translation and your comments on this deal. Actually I had not too much problems with the 云 yún character because I ...
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Does anyone know what these letters mean?

I have seen these letters written in a particular way and I would like to know their meaning. I don't know if they are in the correct position so I sent 2 possible positions.
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Can anyone identify these characters?

I would love some help identifying these two characters. These markings are on the underside of a porcelain cup, which is of Chinese or Japanese origin. Thank you in advance!
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What are the characters in this seal? (Characters identified: 拏雲心事人不知)

What are the characters in this seal? Does this phrase come from a poetic or philosophical Chinese text?
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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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What these seals characters means? (Characters identified: 讀書志在聖賢 爲官心存君國)

I have this seal but i really dont know what means these characters, If somebody can help me to translate i would appreciate.
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What is this seal script character? (Character identified: 矦)

Can someone help me to identify this seal character. I have 3 others seals with this character, always in the 3rd position. Un the 3rd character it is slightly different but I think it is the same. ...
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What is “⿰糹𠬝”? (Some variant of 级?)

Saw this at a store the other day: I believe the middle character's components can be broken down like: ⿰糹𠬝 I'm assuming it's just some variant of 级 but I can't find any evidence to support that. ...
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What characters are these? ⿰食㒼, ⿰兌皮

I encountered two characters I cannot find in any database. They are side-by-side compositions of two characters that I do know, but I have not been able to use the information to find something I can ...
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Does anyone know what these characters means?

My name is Javier. Im writting because i don t understand what a seal inscription would be traslated. if anyone could hel`me i woul appreciate very much. Regards.
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Can someone please help me translate this chop/seal/stamp?

Back in 1994 my mother and I took a trip to Hong Kong to visit my grandfather, a US ex-pat, that lived there. She had this chop commissioned while we were visiting. Unfortunately, I don't have any way ...
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Help with Chinese painting marks please

Please can anyone help identify what is written on this painting and the accompanying marks / seals please? I’ve tried to research this but the amount of information is overwhelming! Any help ...
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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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I am trying to translate the seal on a vase. please help (Characters identified: 蔣松林印)

Trying to find information regarding Seal mark on Vase.
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Meaning of this word (Character identified: 緣)

I just bought a couple of tea cups which I think are Japanese in style, but they could be Chinese. There's some writing on the cups that I was unable to translate with Google: Does anyone know if the ...
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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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Unknown meaning on ring (Characters identified: 东京喰种) [closed]

need to know meaning on this ring, was given to me by someone and could have significant meaning in a personal matter!! Please help
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please help me translate this poem on my dizi into english

picture shows chinese writing on my dizi
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can anyone help identify the chop mark please and translate (Characters identified: 一切惟心艁)

I have a beautiful scroll given to me and am trying to find out the history of the seal
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What does the chinese lettering mean on my shirt? [closed]

I bought this shirt and now I'm curious what the Chinese lettering means. i tried to translate, but it is very hard. Can you help me translate?
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Help with Lishu character recognition (Character identified: 幾)

I am practicing some Lishu characters from Deng Shiru's "Master Cheng's Admonition on Seeing, Hearing, Words, and Deeds". There is one character I'm having trouble deciphering and can't find ...
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Can someone identify the characters in this Seal Script? (Characters identified: 江上清風 山間明月)

I would love some help identifying the characters written on this stamp. I see that the 5th and 6th characters are 山 and 間, but I cannot identify the others! This stamp is the underside of a netsuke ...
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What does this phrase in Yue Fei Temple mean? (Characters identified: 忠孝千秋)

Most of the phrases put up in Yue Fei Temple are easy to read, but this one is in Seal Script and I can't figure it out. I know the first character to be 忠, but the others I can't figure out. On the ...
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Can you help me identify the name of the artist on my painting? (Characters identified: 雲茜)

I inherited a painting which I think is on silk. I would like to know more about it. I think it was probably bought in the mid-twentieth century by my great aunt. I would love to know the name of the ...
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I need help with an error message [characters recognized: 未检测到U盘1] [closed]

A device is showing an error message to me. It is probably about a flash drive or a USB-stick. I'm trying to copy data from the device to a memory card. At first I had errors with drive formatting (...
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Help translating artist names and signatures

I have a few pieces of art my grandmother brought from China in the 1980s. She and my grandfather were part of a group to canoe the yellow river and fell in love with the amazing country and culture. ...
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Help identifying this character in a friend's shirt (Character identified: 龍) [closed]

A friend of mine purchased a shirt with writing that may be in Chinese. Could someone help us understand what it says?
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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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What do these wooden sticks mean? (Characters identified: 天然香樟木 防虫,防蛀,防臭) [closed]

A Chinese merchant sent me a parcel with an ordered item and unrelated five similar wooden sticks with white ropes attached: I did not order those sticks and have no idea concerning the usage of ...
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Unable to find matching script for this artifact inscription

I need help getting this translated. I think it's a lesser seal or even Hong Shan era. Attempts to translate by myself have failed to match the script.
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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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Please help translate my Chinese seal chop (Characters identified: 詩思妮)

While on a recent trip to Shenzhen, China, I came across a booth selling Chinese Chops. I had one made for me. The artist asked me to write my name down, CECILE, and he made me this chop. Since he ...
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Brass & Marble Chinese Bring Money Tea Pot (Characters identified: 大明宣德)

Hello, What do the Chinese makers mark tell? Thank you.
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Can anyone explain what this symbol means? [duplicate]

Please translate this Chinese character symbol found on Chinese food bowl.
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Can someone please translate this picture into english for me?

I got this picture by a friend a days ago, but I have no idea what it says. It is not a good picture, but I hope someone on here will be able to translate at least parts of it for me. I do not know ...
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Can someone please translate these characters for me? (Characters identified: 柔道)

Could someone please–p l e a s e–translate this text on this piece of jewelry for me. I've tried so many places and apps to figure it out but I can't get the answers.
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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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What does this painting's signature say? (Characters identified: 姜旗)

See picture below. It also has the letters J . Q
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Can anyone here read handwritten calligraphy and can tell me what this says please? It's on a porcelain plaque

Can anyone here read handwritten calligraphy and can tell me what this says please? It's on a porcelain plaque.
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What do the stamp marks say on these three teapots?

I'm not quite sure on the orientation of the stamps, I can flip them in a image editor if I need to let me know. The teapots have multiple stamps on each one so I grouped each of them into one picture ...
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What does it say in gigantic characters on this building labelled “Treasure Trove of Royal Chinese Cuisine”? (Characters identified: 中華皇家御膳之寶)

There's this restaurant in Beijing (approximate location: Baidu Ditu; I think it's called 御仙楼) which has gigantic letters on the front. The letters are around 3 people high. (Imgur version.) ...
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Handwritten script on two scroll paintings

Could someone help translate what’s written on these two scroll paintings please?
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Can someone translate whats on this pendant? (Character identified: 醒)

This is a Chinese pendant but i cant figure out what it says at all.
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Chinese characters signature? Yixing (Characters identified: 吴亮屏)

What are the symbols on this very old teapot? It appears to be traditional chinese characters or a date?
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Round seal stamp on a teapot (Characters identified: 沈紅英制)

This is stamped on the bottom of a yixing teapot. Can anyone translate what the name is please? Thank you.
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Need help deciphering this seal

Basically, it's a seal on a teapot, I'm wondering if it's legit in any way. The characters should be something like 'name+surname crafter'

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