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相 Xiang is a picture of a tree on the left 木 and an eye on the right 目. These two characters sound alike! They both sound like this: mu. Xiang is an associative-idea character. It represents a concept by presenting two pictograms which are associated together into the concept.
This Xiang means alike, mutuality, similarity. The idea is these two characters sound alike and together represent the idea of mutuality, alike, similarity.
“trees as far as the eye can see! and they all look ALIKE.
公 Gong：This Gong is the number 8 八 on top (two vertical lines) and beneath it is a clenched right arm with a fist 厶. This gong means work, power, masculine, male, bull, and public power.
Mutual+Public Power, Bull, Masculine = Sir
And just like that you know two more characters and a word and an idea about how many Chinese characters are formed: pictograms, ideograms, and associative idea characters are the basis from which the phonosemantic characters will be built.