Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Learn one Chinese Character a day - 厂

厂 is another typical pictograph Chinese character. It is too abstract for us to reason its meaning even from its Oracle Script - . It is actually the drawing of primitive living place - cave of ancient Chinese people, similar to the picture below:
Live in a cave
Original meaning of 厂 refers to a simplest shelter formed naturally under a cliff

Please remember 厂's original meaning. We will see many other Chinese characters, which contains 厂, are related to this original meaning of 厂.

And as people no longer lived inside a cave, 厂 is eventually borrowed to mean buildings which are specious with simple structure for workers to work inside, like those workshops of a factory. Of course modern factories can have very complicated workshops now.
Below is the evolution history of 厂: (image taken from http://www.vividict.com)

Learn one Chinese Character a day - 厂
Now it is time to enjoy a Chinese calligraphy with 厂 inside:


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