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Posted By: mikeoz
Posted Date: Jun 27, 2021 (08:18 PM)
I look forward with anticipation to any comment that I. Nagy has to make about this object.
It is a seal, but its contents are quite extraordinary to me.
It would appear to be a rebus, a puzzle, a brain-bender.
There are apparently four characters, the last being the conventional Yin 印 for seal.
The first seems an amalgam of two characters, He 禾 which signifies a cereal crop, and Qian 千 which is the numeral for 1,000. But I can find no reference to a character combining these two elements.
The second contains the element Mei 美 meaning beautiful and kind, and Ting 亭 which is a word for a pavilion, enclosed between two shapes, which might represent water 水, a river 川, movement 行, or the two enclosing elements of the character Xiang 鄉, and again I can find no reference to a character combining these elements.
The third character is straightforward, although its significance escapes me. It is Yao 堯, which is the name of a legendary king of China.
Please, Mr Nagy, your comments and explanation.