Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Amazing Chinese Characters (218) Fortune - 福

The shell bone script of character Fortune is

On the left bottom is a sacrifice table, on the right is a wizard who sprinkles wine on the table for the sacrifice ceremony. People did the sacrifice for good fortune.

The bronze script of the character is

The left is Radical Show, the right is the rice wine jar (Post 473), no sprinkle of wine. We can think that the meaning should be similar to the shell bone script: a sacrifice for Fortune.

The big seal script of character Fortune,
Similar to the bronze script.

The small seal script of the character is

similar to the big seal script on the left, the right part changed a little bit.

The clerical script of the character is

The left is sacrifice table, which changed a little bit from the older scripts. The right part is similar to that in small seal script.

The song type face of the character is
Its Pinyin is Fu2.

I have to point out that 福 is the most popular character in China, even used more than 龍 (Dragon). Most if not all Chinese families have had at least once to stick 福 on the door or window or both in Spring festival, or wedding, more times upside down, because "福 upside down" pronounces same as "Fortune is coming" in Chinese.

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