Friday, 15 March 2019

Any ideas?


You know how I like mystery objects. I found this - badly framed - in a charity shop. It looks to be quite old and is written on light, handmade paper which has been folded 9 times to form a little packet one and a half inches square.

I cannot identify the language - maybe Nepalese? What makes me curious is why someone would bother to frame it - maybe it is personal or maybe it is historical on some level.

Any Any ideas?

40 comments:

  1. Maybe it was folded and placed in the Wailing Wall or equivalent ..... or a note left for a lover and then framed because it says lovely things !!!! I don’t know .... I like it though. I’d have it on one of my walls. XXXX

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    1. Or it could be a threat from a creditor...

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    2. Where is your romance ?!!!! XXXX

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    3. Withered away without hard supporting evidence. I thought you would like the word 'hard'.

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    4. You’ve made an old woman very happy 🤣 XXXX

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  2. Someone who might know if it's Nepalese is blogger "Buddha Walks into a Library" https://thetwodoctors.wordpress.com/

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  3. It's upside down. I think you may have discovered the third letter of Fatima.

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    1. Are you absolutely sure it is upside down? That implies that you recognise the script.

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    2. My first thought was that it is upside down.

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    3. In this type of Asian script the long bars always seem to go on the top but I know what you mean.

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  4. This looks helpful
    https://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/languages/language_id_chart

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    1. Do you really know that Yael or is it a feeling?

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  6. I turned it twice to the right and the first line is a mathematical equation and so the rest is an written explanation of that!

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    1. I believe that what you are talking about is a date. The plus (+) sign is a numeral in several different scripts.

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  7. I flipped it to right side up. However, I believe it is still upside down; it has been scanned from the wrong side. Tricky things happen when you scan.

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    1. I deliberately scanned it that way, but I know I can always flip it during the edit. I could have put it on its side.

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    1. At last, a genuinely authoritative response. That would have been my initial response too, Weave. I have jumped to most of the conclusions above and I have sent a scan to people who ought to know something about it.

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  9. https://translate.yandex.com/ocr

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  10. https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailv2&iss=SBIUPLOAD&form=SBIWEB&vt=3&sim=1&rtpu=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bing.com%2Fsearch%3Fq%3DArch%2Bof%2BSeptimius%2BSeverus%26form%3DHPSBBS%26filters%3DHpDate%253a%252220190315_0700%2522&sbisrc=ImgPicker&idpbck=1&sbifsz=427+x+640+%c2%b7+38.89+kB+%c2%b7+jpeg&sbifnm=transalate.jpg&thw=427&thh=640&ptime=46&dlen=53100&expw=427&exph=640&selectedindex=0&id=-1150459667&cal=0.05&cab=0.95&cat=0.05&car=0.95

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  11. Copy and past above i did a comparison with other writings.

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    1. I'm struggling with this but so far I have a 90% chance of the words taxi and cat coming up in Hindi. Thanks. I will persevere.

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  12. From a more thorough examination , it seems to me that this is not up side down and that this is a Hindi script.I might be wrong.

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    1. could it be a marriage contract? like the dowry payment? I agree it looks like it could be hindi or Bengali? I cant think what else could be framed. ha ha it could be the health and safety cert from a restaurant! I like that idea.

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  13. After what Yael, said I wonder if it is Sanskrit, a prayer or something. It doesn't look the wrong way up in Sanskrit.

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  14. Well, that's solved that then.

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  15. I tried doing a google image search, and it turns out that some blogger called Tom Stephenson (I bet it's not his real name) was asking about it recently on his blog!

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  16. Graham left you a comment on my blog last night if you want to return to it.

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  17. It is Hindi, it is not upside down. From the picture posted it is not really legible though there are some dates in there.

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    1. Thank you. That's a start to find someone to show it to.

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