From today onwards, we start to pick up some of the low hanging fruits in Chinese character vocabulary . Our character today is 驭, whose Traditional version is 馭.
We have already learnt the character 马 is a drawing of horse, and original meaning of 又 is hand.
So what is the meaning of 驭 then? A natural guess would be "use hand (又) to control a horse (马)". As shown in below the pictures:
A recent photo:
We can double confirm our guessing with its evolution history: (image taken from:http://vividict.com)
|evolution history of 驭 | 馭|
Looking at its Bronze Script , we can see that it is composed of (马) and . is drawing of "a hand holding something". Since it is related to 马, that something must be horsewhip. Below is a modern art which uses metal to represent .
驭 | 馭 is thus the continual version of .
驭 | 馭 means "use hand to control a horse", for example 驾驭
For 驭 | 馭 has the meaning of control, it is then eventually used to mean "to control, to manage, to rule, or to supervise". for example: 统驭, 以简驭繁
That is all, now let us enjoy a Chinese calligraphy with 驭 | 馭 inside: