Friday, August 18, 2017

Amazing Chinese Characters (169) Man - 男

The shell bone script of character Man is

the left part is character Field,



the right part is character Power


actually it is a plow.



Man is the one who is ploughing in the field. It is true, in the ancient time, only men took care of ploughing field. At that time, Ox were not trained to pull the plow, men had to pull the plow.

The character is an ideogram.

The small seal script for the character is


The character Field is on the top, and the Power (plow) is on the bottom.

The clerical script for the character is


The current standard printing script is


Its pinyin is Nan2.


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