Saturday, March 7, 2020

Amazing Chinese Characters (267) Salt - 盐

The bronze script for character Salt is

The top left is Water, the top right is crystalline salt, the bottom is basin or field fenced up.

Ancient Chinese made salt by evaporating seawater (see the picture above), people still use the method to make salt nowadays.

The big seal script for Salt is

The left is changed from Water to a big eye, which means a monitor, or official who is watching the crystallization of the salt.

The small seal script for the character is

Similar to big seal script but more smooth and symmetrical.

The clerical script for the character is

It is changed a lot, but we can still see the similarity.

The simplified song typeface is

The top is totally different, no any similarity to the old scripts. 

The pinyin of 盐 is Yan2.

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