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Chinese Character Class: Pictographic Characters

Contrary to popular belief, most of the Chinese Characters are NOT pictographic. Still, some widely used and important characters belong to the character class: 象形, in English: Form imitation -->Pictographic Characters.

Today I would like to introduce a few of them:

The first one being , which means horse. It is written in Pinyin and the traditional character for it is (in Taiwan and Hong Kong, the traditional script is still in use). In Mainland China, the vast majority is using simplified Characters. The following picture reveals how this character evolved over time. From left to write, you see the character as written in : Oracle Bone Script, Seal Script, Clerical Script, Semi-Cursive Script, Cursive Script, Regular Script (Traditional) and Regular Script (Simplified).


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