Twin Chams

Here’s the latest Endangered Alphabets commission, a highly suitable wedding present. This is a gift for two people, recently married, whose initials are M and B. The carvings are in the wonderfully springy and energetic Cham script from western Vietnam, and the characters are as close as I could approximate to our M and B. (By the way, I am more than eager to hear from anyone who can read and write Cham.)

The photo also shows the wonderful autumn weather we’ve been having in Vermont, a blessing in itself.

Pay no attention to the Chinese character on the table!
Pay no attention to the Chinese character on the table!

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  1. Chris Miller
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    A Chinese lady admiring the Cham couple? 🙂

    I think that Geoff Wade at the National University of Singapore may well be able to read Cham more or less well. He wrote a paper twenty years ago exploring the possibility that Baybayin might be descended from Cham scripts through trade contacts. If you’re interested in contacting, send me an email and I can send you his address.

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