Monday, September 5, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (72) Breast-Feeding - 乳

The shell bone script of character Breast-Feeding is

It is formed by two characters, one is character Mother (Post 47) on the right

another is Child (Post 21) on the middle left

The character is a picture of a mother feeding a bay.

Its small seal script is

in which the left top is a hand, left bottom is character Child. The right part is mother's body, but greatly simplified. It is much less pictography than its shell bone script.

Its clerical script is

similar to the small seal script

The current standard printing script for traditional or simplified character is same

same as the clerical script.

Since clerical script, the character is not very good pictography any more. People could not be able to relate the character to the picture of breast-feeding. However, if we see the shell bone script, we can see the original character, and understand how it evolved to today's script.

It's Pinyin is "Ru3".

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