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


anyway, it is a 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 big seal script for the character is

The top added some unknown stuff, may be a hanger. But the bottom is the same.

The small seal script for 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 for the character is 
similar, but more away from original pictography.

Its Pinyin is Huang2.

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