Saturday, 4 August 2012

Beautiful LI

Another character using the Deer radical is LI. some scholars claim the top part of the character which is the basis for the modern simplified form shows horns with beads between them. Others say its just the horns. I suspect its horns since the first signs of  deer visiting your fields to help themselves to one's crops for an irate farmer would have been horns towering over wheat or millet?

Yes venison!  beautiful and tasty for a hungry farmer!? Perhaps?

Another thought? I wonder if deer horns were ever used for beads and jewellery?

Enjoy using the character image even if you don't like or agree with my speculations?