Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Amazing Chinese Characters (503) Test - 考

The bronze script of character Test is

The top is same as that in character Old (Post 288), meaning an old man. The bottom is the inside reed of ancient bamboo instrument 竽(Post 497), which was the most complex music instrument in 3000+ years ago. An old man who holds a reed is the examiner who tests the blow skills of the instrument of the applicants. Because the instrument is complex, people need long time practice to become a high level player, as an examiner, who should be an senior official, so he could not be young.

The big seal script of the character is
Similar to bronze script.

The small seal script of the character is

Similar to the older scripts.

The clerical script of the character is
The top 土 is the hair, the falling left stroke is from horizontal and turning down stroke of older scripts, I don't know why it is changed like that. The bottom is the reed.

The pinyin of the character 考 is Kao3.

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