Can somebody please translate the Chinese on this Object?
Posted 22 May 2012 - 10:23 PM
I am really hoping that someone can translate the Chinese hanzi on this object. I am hoping for a translation of this from a Martial Arts, Feng Shui or Qigong perspective. Can anybody help?
Posted 23 May 2012 - 12:32 AM
The characters for this are 獨占鳌頭. This dictionary mentions that it is an idiom known as "Monopolize the turtle head," which is a reference to winning the imperial exams. One who wins the exam gets to ascend the stairs to the palace. I believe the "turtle head" refers to this turtle that is located at the top of the stairs of the Hall of Supreme Harmony (where the emperor's throne is located):
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Posted 23 May 2012 - 11:23 PM
The object appears to be made out of silver or a steel make, reasonably heavy for it's size and somewhat aged.
Love to know more about it?
Posted 24 May 2012 - 01:16 PM
One thing you have to remember is that the exams continued, at least in China, until the early to mid-20th century (it eventually started up in Taiwan and continues today). So even if it was given to a hopeful, it might not be that old. Another thing that tells me that it might not be rare is the fact that it was obviously created in a mold. This means that many of these had to have been made at one time. An artisan is not going to make a mold for something this tiny and only make one. I see that it has a hole on the top, almost like it was meant to be hung from a rope. Itís even possible that this doesnít have any direct connection to the exams at all. It could just be a wall decoration given to students. It could just be a reminder to students to study hard like those wishing to pass the civil exams.
I think the major question is where exactly did your student purchased it? A high tourist traffic area perhaps? Another important one is how much did they pay for it?
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