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Looks Chinese but it is Vietnamese writing

eastern western writing

On a recent trip my father made to Vietnam, he picked up an interesting piece of cultural artifact. He went to an institution where people wrote poems. I cannot think of an equivalent in Western culture.

This is written on a thin handkerchief—the image measuring approximately 6" x 6".

At first glance you would think the writing is Chinese calligraphy. It is not.
Rotate the image 90º counter clockwise and upon close examination, the writing is in Vietnamese (roman characters) calligraphy.
Though very tough to read for someone who is able to read Vietnamese.

I thought this piece of artifact is interesting because I have never seen a written language written to mimic another.

Here is the link