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Subject:strange zhi-character in qianlong mark
Posted By: Larry Wed, Oct 27, 2021 IP:

Is this a typical fake mark wth a wrong zhi-character?

Maybe someone can help

Subject:Re: strange zhi-character in qianlong mark
Posted By: Bill H Thu, Oct 28, 2021

Both 製 and 制 can have the meaning "to make" although 制 tends to lean toward "create" and "製" to "Manufacture" if I read my Mathews Chinese-English Dictionary correctly. Also, nowadays Mainland China dictionaries don't even include the 製 character after selecting 制 for use as the simplified standard character for all connotations in its post-1949 rectification of the alphabet. So your stamp is not necessarily fake but could just be old (or a modern copy requiring examination of other factors to judge authenticity).

Best regards,

Bill H.

Subject:Re: strange zhi-character in qianlong mark
Posted By: mikeoz Thu, Oct 28, 2021

There are two accepted forms of the character Zhi in traditional Chinese.
製 does more properly mean to cut out, to make or to form. This is the function of the knife radical element in the top right position, and it also contains the Yi (clothes) radical 衣.
制 means to regulate, to restrain, to govern and to cut. However, by convention, as both have the same pronunciation and contain several common elements, they are accepted as alternatives in seals and marks. | Associations | Articles | Exhibitions | Galleries |