Friday, December 2, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (118) Tiger - 虎

Tiger is the third animal in Chinese Zodiac.

The order of Chinese Zodiac:

Mouse, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit,
Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep,
Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig.

Even though Dragon is the most important animal in Chinese culture, but Tiger is the most loved real animal to Chinese who think that Tiger is the king of the mountain (there are no lions in China). You can see character Tiger very often in Chinese calligraphy works, and tiger in Chinese paintings.

The shell bone script for character Tiger is

which is a vertical image of tiger. Let's turn it 90 degree

which is the tiger we see. Because ancient Chinese wrote on bamboo slips which is narrow, so people wrote or drew the tiger vertically.

In comparison with character Dog (Post 116, and Post 123)

which is similar to Tiger but no body stripes, and big head.

The small seal script for Tiger is

which changed a lot, not much similarity to the older scripts, and can relate it to Tiger.

Its clerical script is

not similar to old scripts, and the tiger.

The current standard printing script for Tiger is

Its pinyin is "Hu3".

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