Mysterious inscription

Can any of you decipher this inscription? The image was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot who believes it comes from Indonesia and that the painting style is Balinese or Javanese.

Balinese inscription

The writing looks like Balinese to me.

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7 Responses to Mysterious inscription

  1. Peter J. Franke says:

    Yes Simon,

    I think it is Balinese, indeed.

  2. Lu-ning-ning says:

    yea it definitely is Balinese!

  3. renato figueiredo says:

    For me it looks like Sinhalese.

  4. d.m.falk says:

    Although it looks Balinese, my first thought was Javanese, perhaps due to the punctuation and diacritical marks.


  5. Lu-ning-ning says:

    no i remember looking at omniglot’s Balinese page, it’s Balinese for sure, now just translating it…..

  6. Malik diNata says:

    at fist I thought it was Javanese…
    the first line was read ‘ Si Rama dewi seta..’ (Lord Rama, White Goddess?)
    then I had difficulties reading that so I decided that it had to be Balinese… both looked awfully similar!!! grrrr… I give up! mazel tav, you guys!
    ps. Anybody reads Balinese???

  7. Malik diNata says:

    One thing I forgot to mention. The carving/decoration style is DEFINITELY Balinese! I’m sure of that!

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