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|Re: Can anyone please translate this Chinese seal?
Posted By: Mikeoz
Posted Date: Jan 13, 2019 (11:52 PM)
Very interesting, if it is genuine. Is there any carving (writing) on the side of the stone? That could help.
The seal reads Han Lin Gong Feng 翰林供奉。
HanLin refers to the most successful candidates in the Imperial examinations, from which the senior public servants in China were chosen.
GongFeng can refer to an attendant at the Imperial court.
On the other hand, this could be a fantasy seal made recently. Perhaps as an item for sale.
The carving is incredibly smooth, with no trace of the knife on any edge. This may have been carved by an absolute Master Sealist, or cut with a Laser. Only a much closer examination of the areas where stone has been removed might give more information.
Incidentally, the Tang Dynasty poet and scholar Li Bai was awarded this title in CE 742.
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