Our character today 燕 is another pictograph Chinese character related to bird. Its Oracle script is and one of its Seal script is . Could you guess which kind of bird it is?
It is a bird which can be commonly seen in China and lives closely together with people. Looking at its tail, Chinese ancestors did emphasise its special characteristics comparing to other birds: the bird with a forked tail!
Let us examine its evolution history to see how it changes along the time. (Image taken from: http://vividict.com/)
We can see that it was simplified a lot during Clerical script era: , which is quite close to what we write today. If we look closely again at its modern form - 燕, it is still kind of preserving some sort of the characteristics of a bird.
|evolution history of 燕|
Now let us enjoy a Chinese calligraphy with 燕 inside: