Friday, April 21, 2017

Amazing Chinese Characters (141) Can - 缶

The shell bone script of character 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 bronze script is


Similar to shell bone script, but the bottom is an open mouth, more like the real can.

Its big seal script is

Similar to bronze script. There is a big dot in lower part of pestle which may mean that part is the most important.

Its small seal script is


Its clerical script is

It is similar to the older scripts.

The song typeface 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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