Skip to main content

Questions tagged [seal]

For questions about Chinese characters and/or language found on seals, stamps, inscriptions, hand signatures, paintings, etc.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
24 votes
4 answers
50k views

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 ...
米好 '-''s user avatar
  • 1,660
8 votes
2 answers
8k views

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?
G.H.A.P.'s user avatar
6 votes
2 answers
1k views

Is the right componet of 龍 related to 弱?

The right component of the small seal script 龍 seems to be the mirror image of the components of 弱. I know the older historical forms of 龍 do not share this similarity but I can't help but wonder if ...
creallf's user avatar
  • 163
6 votes
4 answers
871 views

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 ...
Christian Tubau's user avatar
5 votes
2 answers
4k views

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 ...
imrek's user avatar
  • 7,188
5 votes
2 answers
298 views

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「...
dROOOze's user avatar
  • 22.9k
4 votes
4 answers
2k views

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 ...
Michael maynes's user avatar
4 votes
2 answers
1k views

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:
不亦说乎's user avatar
4 votes
2 answers
322 views

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.
alanshaw's user avatar
4 votes
2 answers
980 views

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 ...
FUZxxl's user avatar
  • 381
4 votes
2 answers
311 views

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
Greg's user avatar
  • 41
4 votes
1 answer
235 views

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 ...
jd thomas's user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
158 views

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!
JD Combs's user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
3k views

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'...
Thomas's user avatar
  • 41
4 votes
1 answer
1k views

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 ...
Janus Bahs Jacquet's user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
222 views

What are the characters in this seal?

I've been trying to decipher this seal from a silkscreen painting by using guoxuedashi and other websites. I believe the first character is 林. The second looks similar to 鹿 but I have no idea. The ...
Zyzz's user avatar
  • 41
4 votes
1 answer
294 views

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.
Elia Richardson's user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
251 views

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 ...
LeBorgne's user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
619 views

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.
Leigh's user avatar
  • 31
3 votes
2 answers
214 views

What does this seal stamps on chinese painting mean?

Thanks a lot for your help, Simon
Simon's user avatar
  • 85
3 votes
2 answers
256 views

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 ...
moss's user avatar
  • 65
3 votes
4 answers
682 views

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)
Vinayak Joshi's user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
433 views

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.
Joe's user avatar
  • 31
3 votes
2 answers
184 views

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.
imrek's user avatar
  • 7,188
3 votes
1 answer
281 views

I'm trying to figure out who the artist is on a painting. I don't know if it's Chinese or Japanese (Characters identified: 新羅山人 秋岳)

This is a signature on a watercolor painting. I'm trying to figure out who the artist is. I don't know if it's Chinese or Japanese. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Kim Carvalho's user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
344 views

Translate Chinese Seal (Characters identified: 天福紋銀)

I recently bought a small jade item and attempted to translate the seal on the bottom. After many hours of searching, I was unable to translate the characters. I believe they are Chinese characters, ...
Kyle's user avatar
  • 31
3 votes
1 answer
246 views

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 ...
joanna's user avatar
  • 41
3 votes
1 answer
804 views

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.
Argoness 's user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
358 views

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 ...
moss's user avatar
  • 65
3 votes
1 answer
331 views

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 ...
Dom's user avatar
  • 31
3 votes
1 answer
105 views

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
chris wakeman's user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
196 views

Need help with artist name seal (Characters identified: 文丘德之印)

Could anyone help me identify this artist? It is on a silk ink painting. Thank you. My Chinese is not that good but usually, I get by with dictionaries. However, seal script is new for me. I found ...
Inga M's user avatar
  • 31
3 votes
1 answer
398 views

Is this seal script and can someone translate this to English?

These symbols are on a vase or urn and I would like to know what they mean. It would be great if somebody can help me. I am not familiar with Chinese, so a translation to English would be great. I ...
Jose's user avatar
  • 31
3 votes
1 answer
184 views

Help Translate Chinese Seals (Characters identified: 袁珮珞 玉芹)

I am trying to get a translation on the seal to determine the artist's name. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Ricky's user avatar
  • 31
3 votes
1 answer
303 views

Unknown painting of a lady

I bought a painting on a French flee-market and and I would very much like to know who the painter is. The text is translate by someone who is very good at translating Chinese text and seals, but she ...
Monique's user avatar
  • 31
3 votes
2 answers
4k views

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 ...
Miguel Bailon's user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
189 views

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 ...
Lauwai's user avatar
  • 31
3 votes
1 answer
232 views

I am hoping to find any information available regarding this stamp (Characters identified: 福 日本館印)

This stamp is on an Enso circle that I purchased at auction. I'm hoping to find out any information that may be gleaned from it.
PhiloStu's user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
203 views

Seal on vase identification help (Characters identified: 工藝)

This is the seal on the vase I’m trying to identify. The picture is of a bird and flowers. Thank you!
Tom Mc's user avatar
  • 51
3 votes
0 answers
188 views

Artist name and date of painting

What is the artist name and date of the painting? It’s ink on paper 7.5 in x 8 in.
J Roberts's user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
326 views

Can you help identify seal markings?

I have over 40 ink paintings that I am trying to identify, flowers, fish, humans, horse etc. They are painted on very thin paper with Chinese writing.
Jasper's user avatar
  • 31
2 votes
4 answers
703 views

What does this seal stamp on Chinese painting mean?

Is this seal the name of an artist or poet? How can I find him? Is this translation okay? Thank you for every answer. all some seal and looks like ,,Shi Qing´´?
Roman Vesely's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
298 views

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.
Leah 's user avatar
  • 21
2 votes
1 answer
958 views

What do these seal stamps and characters on my pair of Chinese paintings mean?

I have a set of what seems to be two Chinese paintings. The stamp seals on them are the same - indicating the same painter or previous owner for both of them If I've understood correctly - but the ...
JED123's user avatar
  • 45
2 votes
2 answers
175 views

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.) ...
Becky 李蓓's user avatar
  • 16.6k
2 votes
2 answers
229 views

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.
C Drihardjanto's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
123 views

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?
Terry T's user avatar
  • 21
2 votes
2 answers
309 views

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 ...
A.R. 's user avatar
  • 23
2 votes
1 answer
200 views

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 ...
Mou某's user avatar
  • 36.1k
2 votes
1 answer
306 views

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.
不亦说乎's user avatar

1
2 3 4 5