Here’s a piece of calligraphy sent in by a visitor to Omniglot who would like to know what it means.
Close-up of the red writing:
It appears to be a form of Tibetan calligraphy, possibly the Drucha style.
Isn’t that just Nirichaen? Some simbols seem the same: http://www.omniglot.com/writing/nirichaen.htm
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/
@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.
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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