Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Amazing Chinese Characters (282) Yellow - 黄

The shell bone script of character Yellow is

It is formed by two characters,

which is Arrow (Post 38), the tail is a little bit different. Shell bone script is not unified, so one character could have many different forms.

The other one is a square 曰, which is a target, the arrow shoots through the bullseye of the target.

Ancient people used yellow mud to make a target for people to practice shooting arrows. So the character means the color on the target, which is yellow.

The bronze script of the character is

The top is unclear, the bottom is the target with an arrow through it, similar to shell bone script. 

The big seal script of the character is

Similar to the bronze script.

The small seal script of the character is

which disconnects the arrow head, possibly because to make less crowd in that area. Small seal script focus less pictography more how easy to write.

The clerical script of the character is 
similar, but more away from original pictography.

The song typeface of the character is
Its Pinyin is Huang2.

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