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Guest Stephen

Is anyone familiar with ancient chinese script and meanings?

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Guest Stephen

Hello,

I just joined the forum to see if I could (beg) for some help.

:wall

I have a link to a picture of an ancient inscription that people have told me is ancient chinese writing. One man told me it meant Qing Guang. Do you all think it says “Qing Guang”, or does it say something else? How old do you think this style of writing goes back? I have not found another character that looks like this “Guang” character. Can anyone point me to refrences that show this character in this style?

Also , in English what would be the meaning?

http://gotoba.esmartweb.com/inscription.jpg

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Quest

where did you find this? it looks to me like a very poor handwriting, nothing ancient about this style, it is modern. I would guess the second word to be Guang also, though it is not written correctly.

Qing Guang would mean clear light(bright).

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Quest

yes it is Qing1 Guang1 清光 --- clear light

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Guest Stephen

Quest,

How old would this style be?

As you notice the guang has an extra line on the top right. so instead of the regular 3 rays of light , it has a fourth. Has anyone ever seen this older style?

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Quest

Stephen, the style is called "kaishu" 楷书, it is the style currently in use today. However, people have been using "kaishu" for almost 2000 years now. So, knowing the style does not really help you identify the date of the inscription.

The extra line at the top of Guang does not make it a different style. As to the cause of that extra line, I don't know, use your imagination :wink:

Here's a link if you are interested in the different styles and their uses/ages:

http://www.chinavista.com/experience/calligraphy/calligra.html

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Guest Stephen

Hello all,

I am ashamed... I don't eally know how to put it up so it appears on the forum.

However, an easy way to see it is if you'll :

1.)select my link with your mouse:

http://gotoba.esmartweb.com/inscription.jpg

2.)press ctrl+c (it copies link)

3.)click on "http" location box at the top of your screen

4.)press ctrl+v (this pastes the link)

5.)press enter

This will take you to the site.

I kind of have a feeling this "Qing Guang" has to do with Amida.

Thank you so much "Quest" for your help. I appreciate the site link also.

Does anyone read sanscrit or seed characters?

:D Stephen

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