Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Amazing Chinese Characters (381) Tool - 具

  The shell bone script of character Tool is

The middle part of both characters is tripod with a big cooking pot on the top, which is big pot for King's meal, or a banquet for guests in the palace. There are two hands holding the tripod on the bottom (left one) or on the top (right one).

The original meaning of the character is cooking pot with tripod. 

The bronze script of the character is

The left one is similar to the left shell bone script above, the right one has no ears on the pot, and the legs and the hands overlapped in the middle fingers, which is unreasonable.

The big seal script of the character is

Similar to bronze script (left one) above.

The small seal script of the character is

The top changes, it looks like the right one of bronze script above, but it is actually character Eye.

The clerical script of the character is

The top changes again, it is three horizontal lines inside of the top (the pot), with a long horizontal line in the bottom, the two hands become two long dots. Some similarity to the old script, but difficult to relate it to cooking pot with tripod.

The character has changed its meaning to be tools, any tool including cookware, the original meaning disappeared.

The song typeface of the character is

Same as the clerical script.

Its pinyin is Ju4.

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