Here’s a piece of calligraphy sent in by a visitor to Omniglot who would like to know what it means.

Tibetan Calligraphy

Close-up of the red writing:

Tibetan Calligraphy

It appears to be a form of Tibetan calligraphy, possibly the Drucha style.

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4 Responses to Puzzle

  1. Isn’t that just Nirichaen? Some simbols seem the same: http://www.omniglot.com/writing/nirichaen.htm

  2. Jayarava says:

    Definitely Tibetan, probably Ume or Drutsa, (not Nirichaen though yes there is a similarity). The large brown text might say zho.ba (a name?) though I’m just matching with a book.

    The red seems to read:
    mgo gcig sha yo bzhin
    zhvam gcig sha yo

    I don’t know any Tibetan but playing around with the dictionary I’m guessing it’s something to do with cows.

    The only person I know who reads and writes this script is Tashi Mannox @ http://www.tashimannox.com/

  3. Pieter Rottiers says:

    @Jonathan: I’m the inventor of Nirichaen, and I can tell you, it’s not it ;-). I was contacted about the calligraphy a few years ago by a guy from Ikea Hackers (http://www.ikeahackers.net/2006/12/can-you-decipher-this-ikea-word-art.html), but it seems they already found the answer there.

  4. Simon says:

    The answer, from Language Log, is:

    The script is the “headless” cursive style of Tibetan. The large word says zhwa mo “hat”, and the accompanying text translates as something like “whoever has a head has a hat”. Tibetan text below:


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