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Small Seal Script

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im not sure if this is the right sub forum but i was wondering if anyone here had any knowledge of Qin Seal Script?

and if so what would be a proper transliteration of  受命  永昌

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I don't know much about seal scripts and the like but as far as the actual meaning is concerned I can offer this:

 

受命于天

To receive(受) orders(命) from(于) 'heaven'(天)

既寿永昌

then life(寿) will be long(永) and prosperous(昌)

 

I'm not a 100% sure what 既 is doing here.

 

This seems to be a pretty well known phrase and you can find more information here or here.  I imagine the situation here is a little more complex than the simple translation than I have provided, and given it's a Qin Seal Script you're talking of, it probably has a lot to do with uniting 天下 and the 永 probably refers to the position of ruler of all 天下 rather than any specific person.

 

But like I say... maybe a history buff can help you out.

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somethingfunny

this is a very achaic phrase in old chinese meaning "Having received the Mandate from Heaven, may (the emperor) lead a long and prosperous life"

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