Psalter Pahlavi

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Psalter Pahlavi
Cross of Herat - Psalter Pahlavi Inscription.png
Sample of text taken from the Cross of Herat
Languages Middle Persian
Time period
Mid-6th to 7th century CE
Parent systems
Direction Right-to-left
ISO 15924 Phlp, 132
Unicode alias
Psalter Pahlavi

Psalter Pahlavi is an abjad which was used for writing Middle Persian on paper, it is thus described as one of the Pahlavi scripts.[1][2] It was written right to left with dots for word division.[3]

It takes its name from the Pahlavi Psalter, part of the Psalms translated from Syriac to Middle Persian and found in what is now western China.[4]


Unicode block[edit]

Psalter Pahlavi script was added to the Unicode Standard in June, 2014 with the release of version 7.0.

The Unicode block is U+10B80–U+10BAF:

Psalter Pahlavi[1][2]
Official Unicode Consortium code chart (PDF)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
U+10B8x 𐮀 𐮁 𐮂 𐮃 𐮄 𐮅 𐮆 𐮇 𐮈 𐮉 𐮊 𐮋 𐮌 𐮍 𐮎 𐮏
U+10B9x 𐮐 𐮑 𐮙 𐮚 𐮛 𐮜
U+10BAx 𐮩 𐮪 𐮫 𐮬 𐮭 𐮮 𐮯
1.^ As of Unicode version 10.0
2.^ Grey areas indicate non-assigned code points


  1. ^ The names are based on the corresponding Imperial Aramaic characters