Monday, August 7, 2017

Amazing Chinese Characters (166) Father - 父

The shell bone script of character Father is


which is a hand holding an ax or other tools. Father was a man who took the hardest job to support the family, also he was the man who had the power to set the family rules. Many times, the character is explained as a hand holding a stick for father to beat family member who didn't follow his rules.

The big seal script of the character is



similar to shell bone script.

The small seal script of the character is


We can see the hand, but the stick is bent now, not still similar to its shell bone script.

The clerical script for the character is


Which is different from the old scripts. The bottom cross two strokes could be seen as the hand, the top left could be seen as the stick. The top right one is unclear. I don't know what it presents for.

The song typeface of the character is


Which is similar to the clerical script.

Its pinyin is Fu4.

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