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      Calligraphy & Scripts

Akara : A Quest For Perfect Form
From the Lentsa and the Wartu scripts that Thonmi Sambhota and his co-scholars brought to Tibet about the 7th century A.D., are descended the chief styles of Tibetan writing.

An exhibition of Tibetan Calligraphy
Forty-six works written in ink on paper by P. N. Dhumkhang. Text and captions by Roberto Vitali.

Illuminated Manuscripts & Calligraphy
Illuminations are small or miniature paintings, often figures or narrative scenes, used to decorate the pages of books. Calligraphy is the study of writing systems.

Lantsha, Vartu and Other Indian Scripts
A valuable resource for identifying the various decorative scripts used with Himalayan art.

Moderm Tibetan Calligraphy : Gallery Exhibition
Examples of modern Tibetan calligraphy; religious, secular and stylized.

Mongolian Calligraphy
The arrangement of different scripts and letters worked out and used by the Mongol race has a history of almost 2000 years.

Nepalese Inscriptions in the Rubin Collection
Paubha inscriptions on paintings in the Rubin Museum of Art collection.

Pagpa: 'Phags-pa Script : Description
The 'Phags-pa script was created by the Tibetan monk known as 'Phags-pa (1239-1280) at the behest of Kublai Khan between 1260 and 1269. It was intended for use as the "National Script" of the Mongolian Empire, and was used during 13th and 14th centuries for writing Mongolian, Chinese, Uighur, Tibetan and other languages.

Pagpa: 'Phags-pa Script : Overview
The Phags-pa script is named after its creator, the Tibetan lama known by the title of 'Phags-pa Lama.

Phagpa and Zhangzhung Fonts Download
The following Unicode fonts are available for free download. All fonts make use of OpenType technology to produce the correct shaping and joining behaviour. Unfortunately this may not work on all operating systems and with all applications. Windows Vista is recommended.

Tibetan Calligraphy
Discover Tibetan Calligraphy.

Tibetan Calligraphy : Tibetan Village Project
Tibet has had its own distinctive script since the 7th century. The script was derived from the Brahmi script of India, and was originally developed to translate Buddhist texts from Sanskrit into Tibetan. The Tibetan alphabet contains 30 consonants and four vowels. Words are read from left to right and syllables are separated by a dot.

Tibetan Calligraphy Examples on Flickr
Modern Tibetan calligraphy.

Tibetan Language Software Links
A great list of links to all Tibetan language software resources.