Saturday, July 17, 2021

Amazing Chinese Characters (433) Broom - 帚

 The shell bone script of character Broom is

The top is reed catkins, and the bottom are reed poles.

The bronze script of the character is 

The top is similar to shell bone script, the bottom added something to tie the reed poles together.

The big seal script of the character is

Similar to bronze script.

The small seal script of the character is

The top changed a little bit, but it means "hand", not reed catkins anymore. The bottom lines are bent, except the vertical line. Some people think that the top is hand which holds a broom on the bottom, which is very like a broom right now. But from the evolution, we can understand that the above explanation is not the original meaning of the character.

The clerical script of the character is 
The top is changed back to reed catkins, and the bottom is more like the older scripts, except no connection between the top reed catkins and the bottom reed pole, which damaged the pictography of the character. 

The song typeface of the character is

Same as clerical script.

The pinyin of the character is Zhou3.


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