Friday, April 28, 2017

Amazing Chinese Characters (145) Pregnant - 孕

The shell bone script for character Pregnant is


a big belly with a child (shell bone script) inside.


which is pregnant.



Its big seal script is

The belly is not isolated, but covers the child under. It is not as pictographic as shell bone script, but it still presents the meaning.

Its small seal script is


similar to the big seal script.

Its clerical script is


which is similar to the current standard printing script


Its Pinyin is Yun4.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Amazing Chinese Characters (144) Cooking Pot - 皿

The shell bone script for Cooking Pot is


Its big seal script is


Let see what Chinese ancient cooking pot looks like


or


The scripts are drawings of the real items.

Its small seal script is


which is a little bit away from the picture, more straight lines. As always, the small seal script is more like language, not as artistic as shell bone and big seal scripts. But it is still similar to the old scripts.

The clerical script is

which still has some similarity to the old scripts, even though you may not think it as a pot if you didn't see the old scripts.

The current standard printing script is


Its Pinyin is Min3.

There is another character "Pot" - 壶,discussed in Post 29.

shell bone script.
small seal script

The difference between the 皿 -Cooking Pot discussed here and the 壶 -Pot discussed in Post 29 is that the 皿 is for cooking, and 壶 is just a container for water only.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Amazing Chinese Characters (143) Breakthrough - 闯

The big seal script for Breakthrough is


the top part


it a door.

The bottom one


is a horse.

The character means a horse behind door, which is breakthrough? It is a little bit confusing.

I think what the ancient Chinese wanted to say is the dynamic moment when the horse rush to breakthrough at the door, not a horse stands quietly behind a door or inside a stable.

Its small seal script is


The door is much longer than the big seal script, which 100% cover the horse inside. We should still think it as a dynamic moment when the horse rush to breakthrough the door.

Its clerical script is

Its current standard printing script for traditional character is


which is similar to its clerical script.

Its current standard printing script for simplified character is


The 門 became 门, the 馬 became 马. 

Its Pinyin is Chuang3.









Friday, April 21, 2017

Amazing Chinese Characters (142) Tile - 瓦

The big seal script for Tile is


which is a piece of roof tile.





It is a pictography character.

Its small seal script is


Its clerical script is


the clerical script changed a lot, but still has similarity to the older scripts.

Its current standard printing script is


As always, the printing script is very similar to clerical script.

Its Pinyin is Wa3.


Amazing Chinese Characters (141) Pottery - 陶

The shell bone script for Pottery is


Actually it is a picture of mortar with pestle. The ancient mortar was pottery, so it presented "Pottery". It is a pictography character.



Its small seal script is


Its clerical script is

It is similar to the older scripts.

The current standard printing script is


It is a character, but it is used as a radical related to pottery, which means as long as there is 缶 in one character, it must be something related to pottery or earthenware.

Its Pinyin is Fou3.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Amazing Chinese Characters (140) Cloth - 衣

The shell bone script for character Cloth is


which is not clear what it is.

Let see the bronze script



It is like an ancient person with hat and cloth



The clerical script is


which has changed a lot, you may find a little bit similarity to the old scripts.

The current standard printing script is


Its Pinyin is Yi1.

Amazing Chinese Characters (139) Eyebrow - 眉

What is the shell bone script for Eyebrow?


Two hair of eyelash on an eye.

Let's see the big seal script


Three hair of eyelash on the eye.

They look like the real Eyebrow, don't they?



Its small seal script is


The bottom one

is Eye.  The top are eyelash.


The clerical script is


changed, but has some similarity.

Its current standard printing script is


Its Pinyin is Mei1.