Mongolian calligraphy

Mongolian calligraphy is a form of calligraphy or artistic writing of the Mongolian language.[1]

The Imperial Seal of Mongolia using the classical Mongolian script, as found in a letter Güyük Khan sent to the Roman Pope Innocent IV.

Although Mongolia uses the Cyrillic script which was adopted during the Communist era, Mongolian calligraphy is written in the traditional Mongolian script. In 2013, Mongolian calligraphy was inscribed on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. At present, only three middle-aged scholars voluntarily train the small community of just over twenty young calligraphers. Traditionally, mentors select the best students and train them to be calligraphers over a period of five to eight years. Students and teachers bond for life and continue to stimulate each other’s artistic endeavours. The rate of social transformation, urbanization and globalization have led to a significant drop in the number of young calligraphers.[2]

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