Component 兹 two strands of twisted silk

In oracle bone script and seal script, 兹 depicts two strands of twisted silk. It is the cognate of 丝. In clerical script, 艹 is added to express the meaning that the grass grows like strands of silk.  Continue reading “Component 兹 two strands of twisted silk”

Component 系 a hand holding two strands of silk

系 is a compound ideograph representing a hand holding two strands of silk.  In bronze scripts, it depicts a hand holding three strands of silk. In seal and regular scripts, two strands of silk is changed to one strand and the form of hand 爪 is changed to丿, which means “tie or knot” Continue reading “Component 系 a hand holding two strands of silk”