Friday, 31 May 2013


Zun may have once meant wine vessel for serving and drinking from  but modern Chinese uses bei. See the rest of my notes on zun one.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Radical 12 Ba and variants

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And this is just the typographic font forms ... then there's calligraphy ...

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

A Paths and node experiment with hanzi

The altered version needs to be smoother but its close enuff to the seal script form to show my point? You can make new forms out of old ones?

Friday, 17 May 2013

You wine radical 164

While wine and alcohol is usually written

in modern Chinese the original radical did not use water on the side .

Friday, 10 May 2013

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

ZUN ONE the Hanzi

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Why so many variants? Of meaning and shape and radical?

The seal script form of this character shows instead of cun one or a pair of hands making an offering of a wine jar and you could also read the parts as being respect  + hands or chief+hands or wine vessel plus hands.

I suspect the meaning centuries ago  was originally what you offered the chief or local aristo a wine vessel possibly 8 jars literally which explain 8 over a wine vessel over a hand. The oldest form of cun shows a hand holding a stick signifying one item. However I'm not a Shang Dynasty Chinese scribe or one of the Han dynasty scholars who standardized the system of signs.

Perhaps taxes and tributes were paid as metal goods in the Shang Dynasty?

Please look at the next few posts about the component parts of this character.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Zun Vessels - Images

#chinesebronze #chinesesculpture #elephant  #zun 

A gallery of images of #ZUN Vessels.

They were not all animal shaped.

Check out my following posts on zun and you and jiu. 
This shape is very similar to the seal script shape for vessels.

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