The character is a picture of deer with big antlers.
Ancient Chinese thought that the antlers are pretty, beautiful and gorgeous. The character emphasizes the beauty of antlers
The bronze script of character is
It is similar to the shell bone script.
The big seal script of the character is
Similar to bronze script on the bottom, but the top antlers which are disconnected on the side and top.
The small seal script of the character is
The clerical script of the character is
The traditional song typeface of the character is
The simplified song typeface of the character is
which is just antlers, which is most beautiful part on deer.
Its Pinyin is Li4.
The shell bone script of 美 is
which is a sheep.
They are almost exchangeable, the difference is very subtle. Probably, 丽 is focus on the appearance a little bit more than 美, which is more focus on the combination of internal and appearance together. Many times people say 美丽 - put the two together to express Beautiful or Pretty.
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