Monday, April 5, 2021

Amazing Chinese Characters (361) Jade Tablet - 圭

 The shell bone script of character Jade Tablet is

Which is the drawing of the ancient Jade Tablet used by Kings in sacrifice. 

The bronze script of the character is

The two 土 should be connected, the casting technique was not good, causing the problem. Anyway, it is simplified drawing of the Jade Tablet.

The big seal script of the character is
Much better casting technique made a better character because big seal script is about 1000 years later than the bronze script.

The small seal script of the character is

similar to the old scripts.

The clerical script of the character is

similar to older scripts.

The song typeface of the character is

very similar to or same as old scripts.

Its Pinyin is Gui1.

Please note that 圭 is an entirety, not two 土 (Soil) over another.

The character is rarely used alone right now, but it is widely exist as part of many characters. It is important to understand its meaning.

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