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”

Component hand 手: hand I

手, a pictographic character of hand, has eleven variants. 手 serves as semantic component to form characters. Most of the characters formed by the semantic component hand 手 have the up-down structure such as 拳, 拿, 掌,挚, 掣, 挚, etc. Continue reading “Component hand 手: hand I”