Learn one Chinese Character a day - "马" (学习)
"马" is the simplified Chinese character as "馬" is the Traditional character. It is probably kind of hard to guess its meaning from its currently way of writing, let us check its evolution history - (image get from http://www.vividict.com)
Oracle script of "马" - is a drawing of "an animal with long face, big eyes, flying mane, long tail with hoof". I rotated the original picture by 90 degrees -which is more clear to above description. When we imagine an animal running fast with mane flying, the first jump into our mind is definitely - Horse, as the picture below.
"马" or "馬"
Bronze script simplified the writing but with an empathize on Horse's major characteristics - Flying Mane, Seal script and Clerical script followed the path of Bronze script and eventually we have what we are using now as Traditional Chinese character . During Regular script, also emerged and is now adopted as Simplified Chinese character.
"马" or "馬" now specifically means Horse. However when it is used as part of a " 会意 huìyì: Logical aggregates" character, it refers to its most primitive meaning "an animal with long face, big eyes, flying mane, long tail with hoof", like "驴" (Donkey), which is an animal looks like "马" and works besides a house ( "户" ).
There is a very famous painter in China whose name is 徐悲鸿 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xu_Beihong). He is well known of his wonderful Chinese Ink Painting of Horses. Below is one of his artworks.
马 - 徐悲鸿
As usual, let us end our learning today with a Chinese Calligraphy with "马" or "馬" inside -
- Learn one Chinese Character a day - "马" - sandodo(sandodo), 2015-11-18 23:33 (#33398) (学习)
- 每天都过来学习，谢谢 - fuan(更换昵称), 2015-11-18 23:40 (#33401)
- - goodmountaingoodwater(68), 2015-11-19 00:02 (#33414)
- goodmountaingoodwater(68), 2015-11-19 00:13 (#33416)
- 从马虎来的吧？有个典故 - sandodo(sandodo), 2015-11-19 01:15 (#33419)
- 您是汉字专家吧，知道的太多了 - student(加拿大留级生), 2015-11-19 11:23 (#33442)
- goodmountaingoodwater(68), 2015-11-19 11:47 (#33452)
- 这个真不是, 百度搜索一下就有了。;-) - sandodo(sandodo), 2015-11-19 20:52 (#33480)
- 马虎的儿子也马虎：只看一半。。。LOL - lisin(千江有水千江月), 2015-11-19 22:20 (#33486)
- 学习了，谢谢 - 风动心动了无痕(skyhigh), 2015-11-19 11:18 (#33441)