Sunday, July 31, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (41) Head - 首

The shell bone script for character Head is


exactly like a head of dog, or cow, or another animal.

Its small script is


changed a lot. It is more like a human head with a face and three hair on the top. I can only guess that there were many shell bone scripts for Head, some liked animal head, some liked human head, the Mr. Si Li who was the guy to unify the characters under the order of The First Emperor chose the one similar to human head. Because we only have found some shell bone scripts, which we only understand partial of them, so the character Head which is similar to human head may not have been found, or understood.

Its clerical script is


similar to the small script. But less hair, and rectage face instead of round one.

The current standard printing script for traditional or simplified character is


same as the clerical script.

Its Pinyin is "Shou3".

Amazing Chinese Characters (40) Prefecture - 州

The bronze script for character Prefecture is


which is similar to the following


which is river. The curves are water flow.  Now there is a circle in the middle of the river, which is a island. It is a good pictography character. The character now means independent area, could be a city, or regional area, or province as long as not a country. There is a special use: the state in U.S.A.  because the state is a big prefecture.

 Its big seal script is


very similar to bronze script.

Its small seal script is


which has three islands.


Its clerical script is


similar to the older scripts, but the flow are straight down without curve except the left one, the island circles are replaced by dots.

The current standard script for traditional or simplified character is


same as the clerical script.

Its Pinyin is "Zhou1".

Amazing Chinese Characters (39) Insect - 虫(蟲)

The shell bone script of character Insect is



a drawing or picture of insect.

Its small seal script is


or


the first one has one insect, the second has three insects. They look like insect(s), but not as good as the shell bone script does.

Its clerical script is


similar to the second small seal script.

Its song typeface for traditional character is


same as the clerical script

Its song typeface for simplified character is


only one insect, which is enough to tell the meaning. It is a good simplified character.

Its Pinyin is "Chong2"

Amazing Chinese Characters (38) Arrow - 矢

The Shell Bone script for character Arrow is



just like an arrow, sharp and hard.



Its Big Seal script is


Similar to the shell bone script.

Its Small Seal script is


still like arrow, just a little bit round, not as sharp as Shell Bone script.

Its Clerical script is


changed too much to be like an arrow anymore, the pictography is damaged.

The current standard prining script for traditional or simplified character is


same as the Clerical script.

Its Pinyin is "Shi3".




Saturday, July 30, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (37) People or Human Being - 人

The Shell Bone script for character People or Human being is


a bowing person's side image.

Its bronze script is

Similar to shell bone script.

Its big seal script is
Similar to old scripts.

Its Small Seal script is


similar, but the back is bent as big as an Ape. It was not to describe a human being as an ape, it is just  to extend the arm to the ground to make the character more symmetric because the symmetric is the typical characteristic of small seal script.

Its Clerical script is


not much similarity. But we can understand, the left-falling stroke is the arm, and the right-falling stroke is the body.

Its current standard printing script for traditional or simplified character is


impossible to simplify anymore. It is one of the simplest characters. 

Its Pinyin is "Ren2".



Amazing Chinese Characters (36) Silk - 丝(絲)

The Shell Bone script of character Silk is


a picture of two bouquet of thread,



Its Big seal script is


Similar to Shell bone script.

Its Small Seal script is


similar, but bottom knots are significant longer.

Its Clerical script is


some similarity. Basically, the round cycles are replaced by open, sharp turn straight lines. It is not much pictography anymore.

Its current standard printing script for traditional character is


same as Clerical script.

Its current standard printing script for simplified character is


changed further from the traditional one. 

Its Pinyin is "Si1"

Every character with half of the Silk, such as 经,纬,纤,纱,织,etc, all are something related to silk or fiber. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (35) Horn - 角

The Shell Bone script for character Horn is



exactly like a horn. It is more like a picture than a character.


Its Bronze script is


More like a horn.

Its Big Seal script is


This one is less like horn.

Its Small Seal script is


not as good as the Shell Bone script, but still like a horn.

Its Clerical script is


some similarity to the above two older scripts, but people would not be able to relate it to a horn if they didn't see the older scripts.

Its current standard printing script for traditional or simplified character is


same as the Clerical script.

Its Pinyin is "Jiao3"

The character 角 has the original meaning of Horn, but also has another meanings: Angle, Corner. Maybe because the Angle, or Corner has one sharp end which is similar to the Horn. 



Amazing Chinese Characters (34) Rice Crop - 禾

The Shell Bone script for character Rice Crop is


You may have no idea for this picture. Let's see its Big Seal script


You see a big dropping ear of rice on the top left. It is a pictography character.


Its Small Seal script is


similar, only the ear of rice doesn't drop.

Its Clerical script is


not good pictography, but still has some degree similarity.

Its current standard printing script is


same as the Clerical script.

Its Pinyin is "He2".

Amazing Chinese Characters (33) Swallow - 燕

The Shell Bone script of character Swallow is


a picture of lovely swallow. It is a pictography character.

Its Small Seal script is


changed a lot, but very beautiful, and symmetrical picture of swallow.

Its Clerical script is


changed a lot again. All curve lines become straight, the tail are four dots. But is still pictography.

Its song typeface is


same as the clerical script.

Its Pinyin is "Yan4".



Amazing Chinese Characters (32) Pick - 采

The Shell Bone script for character Pick is


a hand picking up fruits on a tree. The top is character - claw,the bottom is character - fruit.  It is an ideogram character from a combination of two pictography characters.

Its Small Seal script is


very similar to the Shell Bone script, the lines are more smooth.

Its Clerical script is


beautiful but less pictography, the claw has seperated three dots,  and three fruits on the top of the tree disappeared.

The current standard printing script for traditional or simplified character is


same as the Clerical script.

Its Pinyin is “Cai3".

Amazing Chinese Characters (31) Fruit - 果

The Shell Bone script of character Fruit is


a picture of tree with fruits on the top.

The bronze script of the character is


The top of the tree is the Fruit.

The big seal script of the character is

Similar to bronze script.

Its Small Seal script is


only one fruit left,but much bigger.

Its Clerical script is


similar to the Small Seal script but straight lines make it less pictography.

Its current standard printing script for traditional or simplified character is

almost same as Clerical script.

Its Pinyin is "Guo3"