Saturday, August 12, 2017

Amazing Chinese Characters (168) Power or Strength - 力

The shell bone script of character Strength is

which is a plow.

Ancient Chinese used man power to pull the plow (not Ox), so only the most powerful and strength man could pull the plow.

Let's see its big seal script

and its small seal script

The clerical script of the character is

which changed a lot, difficult to see the similarity.

The current standard printing script is

very similar to the clerical script.

Its Pinyin is Li4.

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