Friday, May 21, 2021

Amazing Chinese Characters (401) Punishment - 刑

 The bronze script of character Punishment is

The left is an implement of punishment, the right is character Knife (Post 61). In the ancient China, there were many punishments, many are very cruelty torture. The sentenced prisoner was put into certain implement, and the executioner used knife to kill the prisoner with different way according the sentence. Sometimes, it may not kill the prisoner but cut a part of the body.

The big seal script of the character is 
The left is the implement of punishment, the right is character Knife.

Let's see another similar character Shape - 形(Post 284)

Which is similar to character Punishment above, except the right parallel three strokes which are three fingers pressing the mud on the spinning frame (the left) to make pottery. Both are frames, but punishment executioner uses the implement and knife, the pottery maker uses the spinning frame and fingers. 

The small seal script of the character is 

Similar to big seal script of Punishment above.

The clerical script of the character is
The left 开 is connected two 干s in small seal script. The right is Knife radical.

Let's compare it with the character Shape

The left is the pottery frame, which is exactly same as the implement of punishment. The right is the three fingers, which are not touching the frame any more.

The song typeface of the character is
Which is same as the clerical script.

Its pinyin is Xing2.

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