Friday, April 21, 2017

Amazing Chinese Characters (141) Can - 缶

The shell bone script for Can is

Actually it is a picture of mortar with pestle. The ancient mortar was pottery, so it presented "Can". It is a pictography character.

Its small seal script is

Its clerical script is

It is similar to the older scripts.

The current standard printing script is

It is a character, but it is used as a radical related to pottery, which means as long as there is 缶 in one character, it must be something related to pottery or earthenware.

Its Pinyin is Fou3.

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