Tuesday, October 15, 2013

13. Psalter

The Psalter script, or Psalter Pahlavi, is named after a manuscript known as the "Pahlavi Psalter", which dates from the 6th or 7th century AD and was found at Bulayiq near Turpan in the northwest of China. The manuscript contains a translation of a Syriac book of psalms and is the earliest known piece of writing in Pahlavi.

Notable features

  • Type of writing system: abjad / consonant alphabet - only some vowels are indicated and the letters used to represent them have multiple pronunciations.
  • Direction of writing: right to left in horizontal lines
  • Word division is indicated by a dot.

Used to write

Pahlavi, the written form of a number of different Middle Iranian languages.
Psalter script


Information about the Psalter script and Pahlavi


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