童 tóng boy servant
Made up of [立 lì
radical 117, 里 lǐ
inside; chinese mile; village
NoteOriginally a picture of a needle going through a slave's eye to blind them - and force servitude. Later form has ideas of 'standing' and 'inside' giving concept of a boy awaiting orders in a house
Number of strokes 12
Using 立 lì
: 位 wèi (position) 亲 qīn (parent) 站 zhàn (station) 音 yīn (sound)
Using 里 lǐ
: 理 lǐ (texture)
Sounds same同 tóng (same)
Different tone通 tōng (open)
The peony is a frequent art motif in China. It is considered one of the best flowers of Spring and was much loved by Empress Wu Zetian.
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