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Syriac: Later Estrangela

Section 2: Diyarbakir, DIYR 340, ff. 30v-31r (11th/12th C.)

Gospels (Harklean)

 

Diyarbakir, Meryem Ana Syriac Orthodox Church, DIYR 340, ff. 30v-31r. All rights reserved. Image provided by HMML.

 

Distinctive Letterforms
ālap
  • serifless on right leg
  • left leg hangs below the line
  • there is really no body to the letter when non-initial
gāmal
  • not much taller than ʿē
  • hangs well below the line, ending in a dot
dālat / rēš
  • Serto shape
  • Serto shape
wāw
  • Serto shape
ḥēt
  • noticeably taller than yod
yod
  • when final and unattached to previous letter, not merely an angle, but has an extender to the right
kāp
  • round on top, not as semi-pointed as some later examples
  • when final, the descender is very thin
mim
  • when final, the descender is very thin
nun
  • when final, the descender is very thin
semkat
  • very unlike earlier Estrangela: the two loops almost unidentifiable as loops, with a resulting shape almost a small θ leaning about 45° to the left
šin
  • rather narrow top line
tāw
  • the loop is closed or almost closed
Distinctive Letterforms
ālap
  • serifless on right leg
  • left leg hangs below the line
  • there is really no body to the letter when non-initial
gāmal
  • not much taller than ʿē
  • hangs well below the line, ending in a dot
dālat / rēš
  • Serto shape
  • Serto shape
wāw
  • Serto shape
ḥēt
  • noticeably taller than yod
yod
  • when final and unattached to previous letter, not merely an angle, but has an extender to the right
kāp
  • round on top, not as semi-pointed as some later examples
  • when final, the descender is very thin
mim
  • when final, the descender is very thin
nun
  • when final, the descender is very thin
semkat
  • very unlike earlier Estrangela: the two loops almost unidentifiable as loops, with a resulting shape almost a small θ leaning about 45° to the left
šin
  • rather narrow top line
tāw
  • the loop is closed or almost closed