Sunday, March 21, 2021

Amazing Chinese Characters (352) Living - 生

 The shell bone script of character Living is

The top is grass seedling and the bottom 一 is earth or soil. The grass seed sprouts from the soil, which is living. It is a pictographic character.

The bronze script of the character is

Similar to the shell bone script: grass and earth. There is a big dot in the stem of grass, which is an indicator emphasizing the seedling as the living thing, not the earth. It is an indicative character. 

The small seal script of the character is

Similar to bronze script except the indicator dot becomes a horizontal line. It is still an indicative character.

The clerical script of the character is

Similar to the small seal script except the top U shape stroke becomes two strokes, one short left -falling stroke and one horizontal stroke. It is an indicative character even though it is difficult to see which is indicator if you don't know its bronze script.

The song typeface of the character is 

Same as the clerical script.

Its pinyin is Sheng1.

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