Saturday, June 26, 2021

Amazing Chinese Characters (422) Face or Facing - 临(臨)

 The bronze script of character Face (verb) is

A person is looking down at seedlings, checking the growth of them, which is the original meaning of the character.

The big seal script of the character is

The right is character Person, the left top is a big eye, the bottom are seedlings. The person body and the eye are disconnected right now, I don't know why.

The small seal script of the character is

The left top is the big eye, the right is the person body, two of three seedlings are in the bottom, one is in the middle of right. The character seems to be cut to different parts and put them together in best arrangement of the space.

The clerical script of the character is

The left is big eye, the right top is the person body, the 品 is the seedlings, the original pictography is almost gone.

The song typeface of the traditional character is 

Same as the clerical script.

The song typeface for simplified character is

The eye becomes two vertical lines, the top person is not changed, the bottom 品 becomes a dot and a vertical line inside a 口, difficult to see similarity to traditional character.

The pinyin of the character is Lin2.

The character now means Face (verb), no looking down in most situations. 

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