The bronze script of the character is
The top is character Middle - 中, plus a short curve which may be a decoration on the head, or a hat, or a typical hair style. The character is similar to character History - 史 (Post 418), the difference is that there is no top curve in character History.
Let's recall the character History (shell bone script)
The big seal script of the character is
The small script of the character is
Compare it to character History (small seal)
The clerical script of the character is
The Pinyin of the character is Li4.
The character Official - 吏 is an official in lower level than that of 史 (History). Many times 吏 was the lowest official in government. The character is not used for officials anymore.
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