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

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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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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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Unknown meaning of a carving on the back of a Buddha statue (Character identified: 朱)

I hope someone could help me understand if this is something. Its on a Budddha statue I purchased.
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Can anyone here read old scripts? (Characters Identified: 松月侣)

Hello I have a bronze censer with the mark below on the bottom and am hoping someone here might be able to read old scripts, I was told the right character is 松, and that the left character has 人(亻) ...
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Who signed this Chinese peice of art? (Characters identified: 吳氏 小平画印)

I am trying to understand the seals and title for this painting. I have tried importing the image of the painting in Pleco and many other seal identification websites, but still no luck. I believe it ...
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Seal marks on a little pot (Characters identified: 吳祥君)

Can I have help reading what these two marks say? Thank you.
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What does this mark mean? (Characters identified: 周桂珍制)

Could someone please help me with the mark on this yixing teapot please?
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What is the name of the artist on this piece?

Could someone type the name of the artist in Chinese so I can begin research on this piece? I purchased a translation application that works well but it will not pick up words that have been written ...
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What’s the characters on this seal of the vase? (Characters identified: 景德鎮製)

Found this vase at home. There is a seal with some characters on it. Is anybody able to read the words? Thanks!
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What does this sticker say? (Characters identified: 萬事如意) [closed]

I bought these stickers at a reuse store and I'm not sure what it says, and if the words seem fitting, I was going to put it on my binder I will use for my Mandarin classes.
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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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Cannot recognise a chinese chracter handwriting

Can anyone else tell me what the last character is please?
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What language is this, Simplified Chinese, or…?

I'm adding a Chinese translation to my [videos], 2 and I want to know if this translation is Simplified Chinese or what? Here's an image:
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How do I transcribe this WeChat snippet? (Characters identified: 你我当年) [closed]

Can someone convert this Chinese snippet into copyable TEXT so I can copy it. Thank you! I’ve been having hard time searching the characters on the internet 😢
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What are the characters on this? (Character identified: 壽)

What are the characters on this? One seems clearly to be 商, but I can't figure out the one that seems to be facing the other direction. (larger image)
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this mughal jade cup, it's “瓜瓣瓢” or “瓜辨瓢”?

this week, the christie's have an auction of this jade cup: i suspected this one is the object of emperor 乾隆's poem 痕都斯坦玉羊頭瓜辨瓢歌 my question is: the poem title is 玉羊頭瓜辨瓢 is it an typo of 瓣? cause, in ...
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Can someone please translate what she has on her back?

Hello so I ran into this tattoo and I love how it looks but I would hate to get something I don’t even know means just because it’s cute so I was wondering if someone would be kind enough to translate ...
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What is this character: ⿲舌⿳十⿴囗⿱龹贝⿱一八乚?

This is obviously a newly invented character designed by someone with a message. What the message is, or what the point of the character is completely escapes me though. I believe it's IDS is: ⿲舌⿳十⿴囗⿱...
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Can 宁和 be used as a real name

I'm creating a half Japanese half Chinese character and I'm trying to figure out whether or not 宁和 can be used as a name. I'm also wondering if it means to aspire to peace and is read a "ninghe".
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Can anyone identify the characters on this seal?

I saw this seal recently visiting a friend of mine who collects old paintings and calligraphy in Shanghai. I'm hoping that someone here knows what these characters are. Any help is greatly appreciated!...
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Can someone tell me if this script is correct?

I'm trying to write in full cursive with my own personal style and this is one of my first letterings. I'm quite happy and I think that it does look readable, but I'm afraid that the two long line I ...
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Seal Script Title + Artist Seals

This is another part of the same book I posted on here yesterday - I'm certain I've got one of the characters, I'm unsure of another, and I'm really struggling with the last one. If anyone is able to ...
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Passage in Seal Script - 18th C Japanese Book of Chinese Poems (Poem identified: 唐・賈至《西亭春望》)

I recently got an old Japanese Orihon (folding book) which has a lengthy passage in seal script - my assumption was that Japanese seal script would be the same as Chinese seal script, but if I'm wrong ...
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What is this thing?

1 hour ago, my friend sent me a mysterious thing. Can you tell me what is this mysterious thing? Here's the mysterious thing:
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Is this the seal of Empress Xiaogheghdan, birth Mother of Qianlong Emperor?

This is a large seal, 4" in both height and width, found on a large Chinese Scroll. The seal seems to refer to the Divine Name given to the Empress Xiaogheghdan, the Birth Mother of Qianlong ...
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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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