Thursday, September 14, 2017

Amazing Chinese Characters (175) Ascend - 登

The shell bone script for character Ascend is

or

The top one has a


which is a pot, and the top two


are two feet.

The bottom one has the top same as the top character, plus the bottom two parts which are hands.

So what we have is a picture seeing from top down : two hands hold a big pot, ascending sacrificial altar. The process is ascending.

The top character has no hands, may be from different angle, people could only see the feet, not the hands. Anyway, both have the same meaning: Ascend.

The small seal script for the character is


The bottom part is similar, the top two feet are small seal script for feet.

The clerical script for the character is
Still the bottom part is similar, the top changed more, not like feet anymore.

The current standard printing script is


Its pinyin is Deng1.

Amazing Chinese Characters (174) Bean - 豆

The shell bone script for character Bean is


or

Both are pots with high legs, the bottom has a lid, the top one doesn't. The short line inside of the top poart of both pots is the Bean. People cook the bean in the pot. It is an indicative character, the short line is the indicator for bean.

The big seal script for the character is

The short line for the bean disappeared, which actually is a pot with lid. However, it keeps the Bean meaning. I don't know why people eliminated the short line.

The small seal script for the character is


which is similar to its big seal script.

Its clerical script is
which is similar to big and small seal scripts.

The current standard printing script is

very similar to the clerical script.

Its Pinyin is Dou4.





Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Amazing Chinese Characters (173) Sand - 沙

The shell bone script for character Sand is



which are small particles of sand.

The character also meant Small or Less. Both Small and Sand shared the same character.

However, the character was used for Small only later on.

So ancient Chinese added Water to the left of the character to make a new character Sand in bronze script:


Also in big seal script


small particle near water are Sand, which is good ideogram character.

Its small seal script is


The clerical script for the character

All left parts are Water, the right parts are Less (or Small).

The current standard script is


Its Pinyin is Sha1.