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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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Where can I find a decent Seal Script font?

I have 9 TrueType fonts that include seal script hanzi, but do not include them entirely. Could someone show me a decent font, or send me via email the shuowen jiezi font?
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The meaning of a Chinese inscription found under a little sculpture

I bought a figure of a taoist wise some years ago, and in all these years I have been unable to decipher the tiny seal (1cm x 1cm) under the figure. It is an important figure in my life and I would be ...
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Writing direction on seals

I am experimenting with an online seal generator, the text I have entered is 一千五百 and I have noticed that the characters go first from top right to bottom right, then from bottom left to top left. Is ...
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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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Meaning of seal and engraved characters on teapot

I came across an old teapot with inscriptions, but since I don’t speak Chinese, I have no means to know what is written on it. There are two columns of five characters (four columns with twenty ...
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What are the characters on this seal? (Characters identified: 李濟懋印)

What are the characters on this seal? Flipped image for easier reading:
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What does this seal of 宋高宗 say?

It is a bookmark sold by the Palace Museum in Taipei, from a seal on a piece titled 宋高宗書七言律詩.
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Deciphering a seal on the bottom of a Buddha figure (Characters identified: 乾隆御製)

I have a friend who bought a Buddha figure on a Chinese market. On its bottom there is this seal, written in seal script, that has an original size of 1.5cm × 1.5cm. Any idea what it means? The ...
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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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Further information on calligraphy piece? (Characters identified: 斿于⿰坴丮)

I have a work of calligraphy that I am trying to get as much information as possible on. The story behind it is that back in college, I took a Chinese calligraphy summer session course (was maybe 4 ...
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Pewter tea container seal character translation (Characters identified: 榮製)

Can someone please help me translate this I've literally spent five or six hours and can't find anything thank you so much in advance!
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Can anyone read Seal Script? I'm completely stuck

Is anyone able to give the modern character equivalents for these seals? I'm completely stumped on the top one, but got as far as "X 廾 東 X" on the bottom one. There's also a 詩塘 at the top, and I don'...
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What does this seal stamp say? (Characters identified: 石黑香香)

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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Shen (神) character painted over a seal

The same 神 character is painted over a seal on 2 different artworks: An early landscape painting (by Wei Xian/卫贤?): A calligraphy by Wang Xizhi: Painting over a seal seems rather rare to me. I ...
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What are the characters in this seal script inscription on an ancestral altar? (Characters identified: 孝思維則)

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 does this seal stamps on chinese painting mean?

Thanks a lot for your help, Simon
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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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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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Chinese painting poem and seal meaning

Could anyone please help me, I got a painting as a gift, and I tried to find the meaning of the poem and seals on my painting but it didn’t succeed.
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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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Antique Chinese painting

Before I ask I'd like to say how much I admire Chinese culture and art. Hence I always dig in antique shops for something from China. A few years ago I bought these beautiful twin paintings (not ...
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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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Translation of Chinese Scroll and Seal

Is someone able to help translate the text (calligraphy?) and seal on this scroll? I had a go at translating the seal using guoxuedashi and http://humanum.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/Lexis/lexi-mf/ but wasn't ...
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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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Artist Seal Meaning

I am trying to identify these artist seal meaning, if anyone can help it would be much appreciated.I have tried researching this myself but to no avail
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Can anyone translate this Seal Script into english for me?

I played this game called Sleeping Dogs that I really loved! It took place in Hong Kong and the main character Wei Shen has this tattoo on his arm that I thought would be cool to have. After doing ...
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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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This is a seal on a porcelain piece. I am not sure if it is from China or Japan. Can anyone tell me what it says? (Characters identified: 大明嘉靖年製)

I am trying to read the seal script on the base of a porcelain piece. I am not sure if it is from China or from Japan.
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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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Please help with the meaning of seal calligraphy writing on the following clay board

Please help with the meaning of seal calligraphy writing on the following clay board.
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Can somebody please translate main 4 symbols and the 6 little ones for me? (Characters identified: 格物致知)

Can somebody please translate main 4 symbols and the 6 little ones for me?
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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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Is this the character 良?

Someone sent me this picture and asked me if I knew what it was: I had a couple of hunches and browsed through Pleco's Small Seal Script Chinese character font. The small seal script for 良 looks very ...
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What are the six characters on this seal? (Characters identified: 漢高皇帝後裔)

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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Please, help translate the text and stamps on this painted silk screen to identify the artist and date?

This is a painted silk screen showing a mongolian mounted archer. I think that the original motif was shown on a 1280 painting, but this is, of course, much later (1900?).
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Can anyone help translate this signature / red seal

Ive had this painting/print for years, i inherited it from my Uncle. Ive always wanted to know what the red seal means and the translation of the text. I would love to find out more about the artist
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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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Can someone help translate this seal script (I think)?

I was told the symbols on this table was seal script. I'm having trouble confirming/translating them. Any help/advice?
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May I ask for help deciphering this seal?

I am new to Chinese and this seal fascinates me and makes me want to learn more about this complex language. I have looked all over the internet with not much luck! I would be very grateful for some ...
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Soapstone Seal Translation

Can anyone give me any information about this old stamp? possibly translate the symbols? Very worn carved soapstone in tortoise shell case with red waxy ink. Thanks for your help.
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Seal & Calligraphy translation

I was wondering if anyone could help with the translation of this seal (image has been flipped), and the characters on the side as well. No knowledge here, but have tried handwriting the seal ...
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What do these stamps mean?

The first stamp could mean Jing Zhao, no? Sorry for the last one, I can´t have a better picture. Thanks a lot, Simon
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Can you decipher what this seal stamp says and means? [closed]

I am told that this seal stamp character(s) are from the Chinese dialect, though I got it from my Japanese grandmother. She had it made and gave it to me. I was told it says 'strong and smart' and ...
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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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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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Identify artist of tapestry

I am try to identify the artist or school of art for a silk tapestry by their seal:
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Trying to translate signature and stamp for Chinese print (Characters identified: 戊午九月石年)

Trying to find the origin of this print and the translation of the signature and seal.
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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.