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Syriac: Usual Estrangela

Section 4: Mardin, CFMM 309, p. 112 (8th/9th C.)

Canons

 

© Mardin, Church of the Forty Martyrs, CFMM 309, p. 112. All rights reserved. Image provided by HMML.

This manuscript, some pages of which are more difficult to read due to faded ink, has its main text in Estrangela, but the scribe himself (it seems) has also made several marginal notes in Serto (longer ones on pp. 313 and 321, for example). Several pages, including this one, also have some Greek names either in the margin or in a separate column.

The abbreviations are marked, as usual, with an overline, in this case with small dots at each end.

Some particular forms:

Distinctive Letterforms
ālap
  • very wide, with a large dot or serif at the top
  • the left leg sometimes hangs especially low
dālat and rēš of a very compact, slightly rounded Serto type, hanging below the line only barely, if at all
of the Serto type, with a closed loop
wāw completely round, as in Serto
nun in isolated form merely a thick dot with a very thin angled descender
semkat of the left-leaning θ shape
šin very squat and thick, with no separate top part
tāw has a loop so tightly closed that it is nonexistent
Distinctive Letterforms
ālap
  • very wide, with a large dot or serif at the top
  • the left leg sometimes hangs especially low
dālat and rēš of a very compact, slightly rounded Serto type, hanging below the line only barely, if at all
of the Serto type, with a closed loop
wāw completely round, as in Serto
nun in isolated form merely a thick dot with a very thin angled descender
semkat of the left-leaning θ shape
šin very squat and thick, with no separate top part
tāw has a loop so tightly closed that it is nonexistent