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.
- 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.
Information about the Psalter script and Pahlavi
Proto-Sinaitic / Proto-Canaanite,