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Syriac: Melkite

Section 9: Hamatura, HMTR 26, ff. 10v-11r (dated 1605)

Gospel Lectionary with Commentary

 

Hamatura, Monastery of the Theotokos, HMTR 26, ff. 10v-11r. All rights reserved. Image provided by HMML.

   

The hand of this manuscript shows a bit more variation in line thickness than other Melkite manuscripts.

At word-end, letters that would end in a line at baseline (e.g. bēt, šin) often have a high, sharp uptick. At or just before line-end, letters or connectors may be stretched to fill the line.

Distinctive Letterforms
ālap
  • in both types, the Estrangela form (with a curly top) especially at line-end
  • the right leg of the Estrangela type hanging below the line
bēt and qop
  • much wider than other letters
  • with the vertical hanging below the line
ḥēt and yod
  • sharp tooth-like shapes very thick at the bottom
ṭēt
  • not as tall as ālap or lāmad
kāp
  • with a ductus more like that in Serto than East Syriac
lāmad
  • in final form, not quite the double-line seen in Serto, but a long tail, slightly freer, almost paralleling the first stroke of the letter
mim
  • neither round, nor quite square or rectangular, but almost trapezoidal
Distinctive Letterforms
ālap
  • in both types, the Estrangela form (with a curly top) especially at line-end
  • the right leg of the Estrangela type hanging below the line
bēt and qop
  • much wider than other letters
  • with the vertical hanging below the line
ḥēt and yod
  • sharp tooth-like shapes very thick at the bottom
ṭēt
  • not as tall as ālap or lāmad
kāp
  • with a ductus more like that in Serto than East Syriac
lāmad
  • in final form, not quite the double-line seen in Serto, but a long tail, slightly freer, almost paralleling the first stroke of the letter
mim
  • neither round, nor quite square or rectangular, but almost trapezoidal