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 men could pull the plow.

Its bronze script


Similar to shell bone script, but much more bent.

Let's see its big seal script

Similar to bronze script.

Its small seal script


Not similar to older scripts. The middle curve is similar, but the fork is different, but more like a plow knife.

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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