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

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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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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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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 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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What are these characters on old brass stamps?

These brass stamps were found by a relative in China ~1917. I'm wondering what the inscriptions mean. The smaller one in the likeness of an elephant is worn and discolored.
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What do these two seal stamps and these three characters on my Chinese painting mean?

I got a seemingly Chinese painting from a thrift shop some time ago and would like to know what the seal stamps and characters on it mean. I have to admit that I don't have any prior knowledge of the ...
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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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Was Shuowen Jiezi 說文解字 originally written in the seal script 小篆?

Modern editions of Shuowen Jiezi 說文解字 use seal characters 小篆 only in the headwords. This is also the case with editions published a few hundred years ago. Was the whole original 121 edition of Shuowen ...
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Meaning of a seal

Could you tell me the meaning of this seal? I got it as a present from China but I don't know what it means...
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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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Artist seal and meaning

I am trying to identify the artist that this seal belongs too. The closest I could find was either Chen Hongshou or Yang Jin but both are different stylistically from the picture that bears this seal. ...
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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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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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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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