Circassian calligraphy

Recently I was sent a version of the Circassian alphabet which I hadn’t seen before. Today I discovered that it came from a site about Circassian calligraphy, which includes information about it (in Russian) and plenty of examples.

Here’s the alphabet:

Circassian calligraphy

And here’s a sample text:

Sample of Circassian calligraphy

Here you seen this before?

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8 Responses to Circassian calligraphy

  1. Ryan says:

    Looks vaguely like Glagolitic to me…

  2. fiosachd says:

    It appears to be a modern designed copyright script, generically influenced by existing ornamental figures, and suggested for use in national epics, traditional tales, &c.

  3. FM says:

    According to the website this is a recently-developed system based on traditional local brands and other symbols.

  4. Andrew says:

    No, but it’s absolutely beautiful, that’s for certain, that’s some of the most visually appealing writing I’ve ever seen. Lovely.

    Cheers,
    Andrew

  5. TJ says:

    wow lot of letters! … Do they remember all of those? :)
    I noticed some letters do look like Ayvaric letters hmmmm … interesting.

  6. Athel Cornish-Bowden says:

    “The World’s Writing Systems” (ed. Peter T. Daniels and William Bright; OUP 1996) has two index entries for Circassian, but the only script they show is a modified Cyrillic.

  7. Charles says:

    It’s a con-script created in 2009 for an existing language. Actually there is an amount of various scripts for dialects and whatnots… It does look nice but at the same time absolutely not practical, I cannot imagine what it would be like to decipher a handwritten text using that script.

  8. No, I haven’t either seen or heard about Circassian calligraphy. It is beautiful very picturesque.