Worldwide Illustrated Stamp Identifier - Asia

The purpose of the Worldwide Illustrated Stamp Identifier is to provide a visual tool to assist in identifying the country of origin of particularly challenging stamps. On this page are stamps inscribed using Asian writing. Central and Western Asia are home to a diverse family of scripts many of which are descendant from the Brahamic family.

Stamps With Asian Inscriptions


Japanese Occupation - Watch Tower

Japanese Occupation - Shan Woman Surcharged

Indian States

Gwalior Official



Sripech and Crossed Khukris

Siva's Bow and Two Khukris

Siva Mahadeva

See Also

The Worldwide Illustrated Identifier Start Page

Stamps with Cyrillic Writing

Stamps with Chinese Characters

Stamps with Arabic Scripts

Stamps Using Greek, Hebrew and Other Writing Systems

Stamps with No Country Name Inscription

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