A colleague of mine owns a ring and asked me what language this character is from:

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I speak Japanese so I could pretty much rule out that and Chinese (her first guess). It's not Korean nor Thai either; to me it seems like Sanskrit. Yet I cannot find the character online.

Can someone please identify this character for me? Thank you in advance!

  • I'm not 100% sure, but it looks pretty much like either aum or hrim, as written in Jainist traditional script. Check here and here Aug 31, 2014 at 9:59
  • I tend to agree with bytebuster and fdb: the bulk of the character looks a lot like the 'a' character in Devanagari. People don't write 'a' like that these days, but the old form looked somewhat like that. With the (rhomboidal) circle on top, it might as well be 'om'
    – prash
    Aug 31, 2014 at 22:05

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It is the sacred syllable “om” in a rather stylised Devanagari script. In plain unicode text: आँ

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    Somebody seems to think this answer is wrong. I would be glad to hear any other suggestion.
    – fdb
    Aug 31, 2014 at 15:39

This is the syllable "Om" (ॐ) written in Ranjana script from Nepal

Images of different variations can be searched on Google

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