Do you read Qing dynasty era Chinese characters? Read these, pls!
December 7, 2013 9:40 PM   Subscribe

This is a calligraphy banner with a colophon on a Chinese ink landscape painting on silk. I don't know the date, but I'm assuming it's Qing. The painting is a vertical scroll - mountain, houses, river beneath - with two or three sets of scene-setting characters. What does this say? Any date? Thanks!
posted by heigh-hothederryo to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
OK, that's a terrible picture. I'll try to post a better one.
posted by heigh-hothederryo at 9:43 PM on December 7, 2013

I think it's the Chinese calendar year at the top, but a brighter, higher resolution pic would definitely help!
posted by monocot at 9:07 AM on December 8, 2013

Sorry, not much better.
posted by heigh-hothederryo at 7:38 PM on December 8, 2013

I can't make out more than one or two words because it's written in cursive ("grass script") calligraphy, so I'm afraid I can't tell you the overall meaning. The year (first three characters) appears to be 壬戌年 though, which could be 1742, 1802 or 1862 if you're looking at the Qing period.
posted by monocot at 6:06 AM on December 9, 2013

1682 too, sorry...
posted by monocot at 6:13 AM on December 9, 2013

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