Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (21) Child - 子

The Shell Bone script for character Child or Son is


a picture of a child with a head (the square), the body (vertical line), and the arms (the flat line).


Its bronze script is



The head is rounded right now, more like a child.

Its big seal script is

Similar to the old scripts.

Its Small Seal script is


a better drawing of  a child with a big round head, two arms up. It is a typical pictography character. People may ask why the Shell Bone script did draw a round head, and curved arms? Because it is too difficult to engrave curves on shell or bone, but is easy to do so with brush on Bamboo or silk with Small Seal.

Its Clerical script is


some similarity is still left, but not much. The pictography is damaged.

Its song typeface is 


same as the Clerical script.

Its Pinyin is "Zi3".


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