Friday, 24 February 2017

金 | jīn

In Mandarin Chinese, (Pinyin: jīn 🔊) means “gold” or “metal”.

Metal is one of the five elements of Wǔ Xíng. The ancient meaning of (now obsolete) was “copper”. Ponte Ryūrui says that “is a pictograph of copper ore cast in a mould”. You are unlikely to remember that, however, unless you have studied metallurgy. Alternatively, you can think of as a representation of a Chinese bell made of bronze or some other copper alloy. Uncle Hanzi gives a number of historical forms of this character that look convincingly like such bells.

More photos of metals and sea glass @ Shutterstock.

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