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Syriac: Melkite

Section 3: Mhadsei, MHAY 1, ff. 4v-5r (dated 1512)

Gospel Lectionary

 

Mhadsei, Church of the Theotokos, MHAY 1, ff. 4v-5r. All rights reserved. Image provided by HMML.

 

Distinctive Letterforms
ālap
  • in both the Estrangela shape (with the right leg, not the left, hanging below the line) and the single line type of Serto and East Syriac, the top angling back to the right; this line type is rather curvy sometimes
dālat / rēš
  • of the Serto shape
  • with the right vertical reaching below the line, and when joined to the previous letter, the joining line attached to the rather high on that vertical, not at the bottom
wāw
  • often a circle, but sometimes an almost closed loop
hē-wāw
  • the ligature for the combination hē-wāw (e.g. f. 4va, lines 4 and 7 from the bottom, and f. 4vb, lines 5 and 6), which, however, is not always employed.
mim
  • boxy, but with slightly rounded corners
  • the final form is not quite closed, and the descender, thin and angling off to the left
Distinctive Letterforms
ālap
  • in both the Estrangela shape (with the right leg, not the left, hanging below the line) and the single line type of Serto and East Syriac, the top angling back to the right; this line type is rather curvy sometimes
dālat / rēš
  • of the Serto shape
  • with the right vertical reaching below the line, and when joined to the previous letter, the joining line attached to the rather high on that vertical, not at the bottom
wāw
  • often a circle, but sometimes an almost closed loop
hē-wāw
  • the ligature for the combination hē-wāw (e.g. f. 4va, lines 4 and 7 from the bottom, and f. 4vb, lines 5 and 6), which, however, is not always employed.
mim
  • boxy, but with slightly rounded corners
  • the final form is not quite closed, and the descender, thin and angling off to the left