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Character Combining 山 and 大

I am currently reading official documents from the early twentieth century and there is one character which occurs frequently but for which I have so far not been able to find a translation. It is ...
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Can someone aid me by revealing the translation of this script

I thought that if I included all characters, it might make it easier for the viewers to give the translation. (Please see image).
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I'm having a problem translating the signature on this painting. Can anyone help?

**I have two paintings that*were definitely done by the same artist but I presume were signed with different forms of the artist signature. One is signed "Bai Shi Shen Ren" (Qi Baishi) but ...
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Im having problems with translating this script. Can someone please help me?

*I believe this could be the nane of the artist on my Chinese ink and watercolorpainting. Someone said that it may be translated as "Qi Baishi" but I'm not sure.
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Can Anyone Make Out All the Characters on the Lid of This Antique Chinese Snuff Box?

There appear to be five different sets of characters on the lid of this antique Chinese snuff box. I can make out clearly only the first, on the very right, 大吉利 (roughly, "good fortune"), ...
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So... what the heck was petunse / pih-tun-tsze / pai-tun-tsze / petuntse / patootie?

Good china is made with kaolin, clay with an ample amount of kaolinite. Wiki's pretty clear that “kaolin” derives—via 18th-century French Jesuit mangling of gāolǐngtǔ (高嶺土)—from the village of Gaoling ...
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Does anyone know the interpretation of these characters which are stamped onto my Chinese brush work painting? (Characters identified: 柳橋之印)

I'm guessing that the painting dates to around the 18th century and that this seal represents the artist name. The medium is ink and brush on paper.
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Help to identify artist and the message (Characters identified: 梅幸 扇舍)

We recently were going through a relatives belongings and we came across this beautiful painting wrapped in handmade paper, can anyone help translate any of the symbols or point us to where we could ...
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Could Someone Help Me In Translating This Seal? (Characters identified: 定園)

Wondering about the translation of this seal on the bottom of this bowl. Thanks!
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Could someone translate these characters for me please?

Could any body translate this for me although I think it might be Japanese. label on old bronze censor
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Can someone help me with the artist with this seal stamp for a painting? (Characters identified: 葉氏)

I am trying to identify the artist with the attached seal stamp for a chinese painting of horses. Can any experts here help to identify this artist?
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Could any one tell any information on these characters on a piece of bronze

Could any one tell any information on these characters on a piece of bronze
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Could anyone translate these characters for me on what I think is a Ming Taoist figure

Good afternoon, Could anyone translate these characters for me on what I think is a Ming Taoist figure; Thankyou.
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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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Small painting with a signature and seal

Could someone help explain this text or signature? 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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