Sunday, May 14, 2017

Amazing Chinese Characters (150) Bed - 床

The shell bone script of Character Bed is

which is a Bed vertically placed. If we put it horizontally, we could see

which is exactly a bed we see every day. It is a pictography character.

I mentioned before, the ancient Chinese wrote or drew the character on bamboo strips, which are very narrow, about 1 cm wide. It was difficult to write a long horizontal stroke, so ancient Chinese wrote many characters which have long horizontal strokes vertically.

Its big seal script is

the left part is the shell bone script, the right part is Wood. The character becomes an ideogram character, the right part means that the character is related to Wood (made from wood).

I don't think that it is a good change.

Its small seal script is

which is similar to the big seal script.

Its clerical script is
which changed a lot. The left pictographic part disappears, becomes 广, which means "Big, open area", nothing to do with Bed. the bottom part is 木,which is same as the right parts in old scripts.

I don't know where this change came from. Obviously, it is a bad change, gave up the good pictography in the old scripts completely.

Its song typeface is

which is almost same as its clerical script.

Its Pinyin is Chuang2.

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