Sunday, August 7, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (59) Well - 井

The shell bone script for character Well is


just like a well.

Its big seal script is

What is the dot in the middle? Pictography Dictionary explains "It is an indictor to mean something in the well".  I think that the dot is bucket with a rope on it, people hold the rope to low down the bucket into well, and pull the bucket with full water up. It still can be seen in some remote countryside or small cities in China.


similar to shell bone script.

Its small seal script is


Its clerical script is


similar to the older scripts.

Its current standard printing script for traditional or simplified character is


same as the clerical script.

Its Pinyin is "Jing3".



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