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Syriac: Melkite

Section 2: Mardin, CCM 147, f. 2r (14th/15th C.)

Menaion for September

 

Mardin, Chaldean Cathedral, CCM 147, f. 2r. All rights reserved. Image provided by HMML.

   

Distinctive Letterforms
ālap
  • a vertical line, often with the top angling back to the right
gāmal
  • as in East Syriac, i.e., an angled line reaching below the baseline
dālat / rēš
  • like East Syriac shape, i.e., the letter has a baseline
  • the East Syriac/Serto shape
wāw
  • completely round, as in Serto
kāp
  • in final form, like the East Syriac shape (similar to Estrangela, but with the top left segment curving back to the right), and with the descender pointing leftward
mim
  • the round shape of East Syriac and Serto
qop
  • angular, not round
tāw
  • the Estrangela type with a thick line instead of a more open loop on the bottom left, as well as the triangular shape; the former occurs when not joined to the previous letter, both can occur when joined to the previous letter
Distinctive Letterforms
ālap
  • a vertical line, often with the top angling back to the right
gāmal
  • as in East Syriac, i.e., an angled line reaching below the baseline
dālat / rēš
  • like East Syriac shape, i.e., the letter has a baseline
  • the East Syriac/Serto shape
wāw
  • completely round, as in Serto
kāp
  • in final form, like the East Syriac shape (similar to Estrangela, but with the top left segment curving back to the right), and with the descender pointing leftward
mim
  • the round shape of East Syriac and Serto
qop
  • angular, not round
tāw
  • the Estrangela type with a thick line instead of a more open loop on the bottom left, as well as the triangular shape; the former occurs when not joined to the previous letter, both can occur when joined to the previous letter