A Gwailo's View of Han Zi !
A Blog featuring my experiments with Han Zi and digital typographic art and articles on Chinese derived characters. Also some articles on Chinese characters in general and their use of multiple Asian languages.
Okay there's that theory about certain Buddhist statuary but ...
so what I've done in this post is collect some modern images that are based on what we know of TANG IMPERIAL costume and are most likely to reflect outfits she could have actually worn and not just be an artist's fancy of a sexy young WU in silk lingerie of which I had to scroll past far too many to find what I considered to be the 3 best images.
This imperfect image comes after some editing from a textbook of chinese characters showing six types of Chinese Script
yes I know I missed a few spots and probably deleted too much and the eraser tool on one character ...
for some reason the scripts are aligned oddly two forms of seal script then li shu then xing then regular then full cao frankly if I had been doing the layout I would have shown kai modern simplified then cao and xing then on the right li and the two archaic forms.
However imperfect as the image and my editing was (its an old file form when I'd had less practice with a eraser tool) it does give some idea of the progression from pictograph to ideogram over the centuries.
So is the "word" a picture even in a modern form?
An Asian or other scholar educated in calligraphy and radicals would see a tail and head under the vault of heaven in all the forms and a calligrapher might state the cursive form is both a picture and a word representing the phoenix in flight
I suspect someone being exposed to chinese scripts for the first time if asked which they think is a phoenix would pick the second character from the right ?