Currently right now, I'm researching about the origins of the character 襄 (xiāng; to help, to assist) and the component that's presumably part of 襄 as sound component, 𤕦 (níng; unidentified meaning). This character is sort of hard to look for the origins on because just at taking a look at the ancient forms of this character, I can't really draw a conclusion to what the character 𤕦 is supposed to depict.
From taking look at 𤕦's ancient forms on 小學堂, it seems like the original shape of this character in oracle bone depicts a man (人) with something on top of his head. However as seen in the bronze inscriptions, 攴 (hand holding a whip or staff) and 土 (dirt; earth) were added later to the character.
I've actually taken a look at what some sources say about the origin of 𤕦 and only found two sources on the explaination of the character, this is what both of them suggested:
"It can be analysed this character is composed by 吅, 土 and 攴 but with unknown origin."
許進雄《甲骨文字典》p.241 (2020 edition to be more specific)
"金文的字形很像一人手拿木棍,在監督著另一個頭上頂著一個籃筐要運土塊的人。" / "The bronze inscription depicts a man holding a wooden stick in his hand supervising another man carrying a basket of dirt on his head."
On the other hand, when I looked up some origins for 襄, a few of time suggested 襄 is a phonosemantic compound composed of meaning component 衣 (clothes) and sound component 𤕦. As shown here:
"「襄」字的構形初意不明。甲骨文從◎(所象形不明)從「卩」或「大」，疑象人伸手解衣，致力於耕作之形(許慎、劉心源、高鴻縉)。" / "The original meaning of 襄 is unclear. The oracle bone script is composed of ◎ (the object depicted is unclear) and 卩 or 大. It has been speculated that it may depict a person using their hand to loosen their clothing to put more effort into farming. (Xu Shen, Liu Xinyuan, Gao Hongjin)"
Outlier Linguistics Dictionary of Chinese Characters, Wiktionary and zi.tools:
Suggests it's a phonosemantic compound composed of meaning component 衣 (clothes) and sound component 𤕦 with Outlier explaining the original meaning is "to roll up the sleeves and stretch one’s arms out".
許進雄《甲骨文字典》p.241 (2020 edition)
"雙手扶住一把犁,前頭有一隻牛拉著,揚起灰塵的耕田景象。" / "It depicts two hands pulling a plow that is pulled up by an ox in front of them, with dust being thrown into the field." (Extra note, the oracle bone as shown is this one as shown in the book: )
Whatever the case might be, I'm still having a harder determining what the character is supposed to pick so if I can have some info, what is the original depiction of 𤕦 and 襄 and what was the original meaning used for both of these characters? Was 襄 a phonosemantic compound or originally a depiction of something? How did the process of the 𤕦 component made it's way into 襄?
This is something I need help on since I have no clue on the actual origin whatsoever about both the characters 襄 and 𤕦 since I'm pretty confused about these two characters' origins.
(Btw also, I don't really see the depiction of a man loosening clothing on his body in the oracle bone script. Maybe it's drawn in a stylized way?)