Wednesday, October 13, 2010
"Precious" Japanese calligraphy
"貴" (ki, toutoi). It is translated as valuable, precious, etc.
This character is written by Kanzi, Regular script.
Etymology : Phono-semantic compound
臾 (moment, instant) + 貝 (sea shell, money, currency)
The shell was used for money in the ancient times.
The ceramic ware and pottery may have been precious articles in old days like that.
It has succeeded to the value as the work of art in the present age.
Anyway, this Etymology is significant...