Monday, August 8, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (62) Book or Volume - 册(冊)

The shell bone script of character Book or Volume is


the four vertical lines represent the bamboo slips, which were the writing materials in ancient time. People wrote or drew characters on bamboo slips, then connected them by ropes. The circle line represents the rope. Because a bamboo slip is very narrow, only a few or a dozen character could be written on. Hundreds or thousands or even tens thousands bamboo slips were needed to form a book.




As we knew, the shell bone script was carved on shell or bone, not written on other media. It is not true.  The shell bone script of character Book tells that the ancient Chinese wrote the characters on bamboo slips. Because bamboo slips have been decayed in 3500+ years, but shell bone with the characters remained. This is why we only see the shell bone script characters on shells and bones. 

The bronze script of the character is

only part of the bamboo book. It is unclear why there is only part of the book, is it accidentally missed or intentionally done?

The big script of the character is
 
very similar to shell bone script.

The small script of the character is


similar to older scripts.

The clerical script of the character is


still similar to the older two scripts, but only one rope left, no circle the slips, and the top slips are partially connected.

The song typeface traditional character is


The song typeface simplified character is


both are very similar. It has 7 strokes, same as the traditional character, which means not a real simplification.

Its Pinyin is "Ce4".
I need to point out that right now, the character 書 or which original meaning is "Write" is used more popular for "Book", so character 册 is used more often as Volume - a copy of the Book. 

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