14 strokes
man, human 人 (亻)
statue, picture, image, figure, portrait
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N2
856 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 像 【ゾウ】 image, figure, statue, picture, portrait, figure, form, shape, appearance, image
  • 像主 【ゾウシュ】 subject (of a portrait or bust), a person posing for a portrait or bust, (historically) patron, someone who commissions a Buddhist temple or work of art
  • 実像 【ジツゾウ】 real image, real form, real-life image, true picture, actual conditions, actual circumstances
  • 将来像 【ショウライゾウ】 vision of the future


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • estatua
  • imagen
  • figura


  • estátua
  • gravura
  • imagem
  • figura
  • retrato


  • statue
  • image
  • figure
  • portrait
  • représentation
664 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
762 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
740 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
906 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
540 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
524 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
334 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
2061 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
740 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
753 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
940 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
133 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
187 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
123 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
144 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1996 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
1084 Morohashi
166 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
308 New Nelson (John Haig)
1977 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
2131 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
796 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2151 2001 Kanji
2a12.8 The Kanji Dictionary
1-2-12 SKIP code
2723.2 Four corner code
1-33-92 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
50cf Unicode hex code