Imperial edict in Phags-pa script: a silver decree
This imperial edict of the Yuan dynasty is written on a silver tablet. The script translates as:
Under the power of the eternal heaven, the emperor’s name is sacred and cannot be violated, anyone who is not respectful will be sentenced to death.
Kublai Khan commissioned the Tibetan monk the Phags-pa Lama to create this script in 1267. Kublai sought to advance the unification of his vast empire by developing a script which could be used to transcribe multiple languages. He had intended his new script to become the official state script, however in reality it never replaced the use of Chinese characters and the first written language for Mongolian which had been commissioned by Genghis Khan.