Thursday, April 16, 2020

Amazing Chinese Characters (273) Square - 方

The shell bone script for character Square is

A person is shackled by ancient Chinese shackle, which is the original meaning.


The above picture is uncomfortable, but it is better to show what the old shackles look like than text. The top is a square board.

The big seal script for character Square is

The top is simplified to be a horizontal line, which is an indicative for the square shackle.

The original meaning of being shackled had been disappeared, probably back to 3000 years ago, people used the character as Square.

The small seal script for the character is

similar to the big seal script.

The clerical script for the character is
which is changed a lot, still some similarity to the old scripts.

The pinyin for 方 is Fang1.

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