Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Amazing Chinese Characters (194) Shell - 貝

The shell bone script for character Shell is


which is a drawing from the real open shell, seeing from the front.



Its bronze script is 


Its big seal script is


It looks like a shell from different direction.


Its small seal script is


which is similar to the big seal script, but lost some pictography.

Its clerical script is


similar to the small seal script.

The Song typeface for its traditional character is


which is very similar to the clerical script.

The Song typeface for its simplified character is 


The pictography is completely lost for reducing three strokes, which is not a smart change.

Because the shell was used as currency in ancient time, all characters containing a 貝 mean something related to "wealth", "money", "fortune" , or "rich", which will be discussed in later posts.

Its pinyin is Bei4.