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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