Friday, March 11, 2022

Amazing Chinese Characters (484) Group - 群

 The bronze script of character Group is

The top is character Monarch (Post 346), here is shepherd who hold a stick or whip. The bottom

is Sheep (Post 6). here means a flock of sheep. The character gradually expanded its meaning to group of people.

The big seal script of the character is
The top is character Monarch, and the bottom is Sheep.

The small seal script of the character is

Similar to older scripts: Monarch on the top, Sheep in the bottom.

The clerical script of the character is
Right now the Monarch is on the left, and the Sheep is on the right. Why? I think the reason is that there was no paper before clerical script (Han Dynasty), people wrote or drew characters on bamboo slips, very narrow, difficult or impossible to draw horizontally. The paper was invented in Han Dynasty, people could write characters horizontally, they just move the top Monarch down to left, making the character wider and more stable.

The pinyin of the character is Qun2.  

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