Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (80) Dagger-axe - 戈

The shell bone script of Character Dagger-axe is


a weapon used in Shang Dynasty, 3000+ years ago.


Its bronze script is

There is one more stroke in the bottom, can not.tell which is a handle or a dagger.

Its big seal script is


Similar to bronze script.

Its small seal script is


similar to older scripts.

Its clerical script is


similar to the small seal script.

Its song typeface is


very similar to its clerical script.

Its Pinyin is "Ge1".

戈 is not used as a weapon nowadays, the character is not used alone except in proverbs, but it is very popular as a part of compound characters related to weapon or army or battle. 

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