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Syriac: Usual Estrangela

Section 3: London, BL Add. 14532, f. 194r (8th C.)

Excerpts from the Fathers Against Heresies

 

© The British Library Board, Add. 14532, f. 194r.

Thick lines of relative uniformity.

Distinctive Letterforms
ālap
  • serif on top, as well as on the bottom of the right leg
gāmal
  • very small dot at the lowest point of the letter
dālat / rēš
  • the top bar is short, often joined to the vertical by not much of an angle
wāw
  • angled at top right, then round on the left
  • loop usually open
yod
  • joined form often rather tall, but not quite as tall as nun
  • final isolated form is the comma shape
mim
  • loop sometimes open, sometimes closed
semkat
  • not attached
  • left loop notably taller than the right, and of a distinctly different shape
ṣādē
  • descender very thin, esp. in comparison to the uniform thickness elsewhere in the script
šin
  • thick bowl or chalice shape
Distinctive Letterforms
ālap
  • serif on top, as well as on the bottom of the right leg
gāmal
  • very small dot at the lowest point of the letter
dālat / rēš
  • the top bar is short, often joined to the vertical by not much of an angle
wāw
  • angled at top right, then round on the left
  • loop usually open
yod
  • joined form often rather tall, but not quite as tall as nun
  • final isolated form is the comma shape
mim
  • loop sometimes open, sometimes closed
semkat
  • not attached
  • left loop notably taller than the right, and of a distinctly different shape
ṣādē
  • descender very thin, esp. in comparison to the uniform thickness elsewhere in the script
šin
  • thick bowl or chalice shape