Saturday, May 16, 2020

Amazing Chinese Characters (286) For - 为

The shell bone script of character For is
The left is a hand, and the right is an elephant, which means that people train elephant to work for people.


The small seal script of character For is
The top is a hand, and the bottom is an elephant. It is a little bit to see, but we can see the long nose on the left, the tail on the bottom right, and the four legs in between.

The clerical script for the character is


The top is the hand, and the long left-falling stroke is the nose, and the 4 dots are legs, and the tail on the bottom right.

The traditional song typeface of the character is
Similar to the clerical script except the hand becomes one dot.

The simplified song typeface of the character is

which is changed too much, no pictography exist anymore.

Its Pinyin is Wei2.

為 or 为 has another meaning: Promising, normally with other character(s) to form a new word, e.g. 有為  or 有为 - have promising, expected to be success in the future. 

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