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”