Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Amazing Chinese Characters (135) Small, Young - 小

The shell bone script of character Small is

three short vertical bars. Actually, they wanted to show small particles.

The bronze script is

more like three small particles.

The big seal script of the character is

Similar to shell bone script except the side bars are not vertical.

The small seal script is

three lines, the particles disappeared. But we can see the similarity between it and the older scripts. The reason why its pictography was gone is because there is no dot in small seal script, all dots are replaced by short curve or straight lines, which is better to write but less pictography.

The clerical script is

the two dot-alike short lines on sides but the middle is a verticle bar with a hook at bottom.

The character also means "Young".

The current standard printing script is

very similar to the clerical script.

It pinyin is "Xiao3".

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