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Syriac: Usual Estrangela

Section 6: Jerusalem, SMMJ 129, pp. 120-121 (dated 806)

Quriaqos of Tagrit

The bulk of the manuscript is devoted to theological treatises of Quriaqos of Tagrit, in whose lifetime this manuscript was copied. The main text is in Estrangela, while the colophon is in Serto.

Part of the Serto colophon (dated Oct. 3, 806) --static non-zoomable image

left column cropped from Syriac manuscript showing details of serto script
column from Jerusalem, Saint Mark's Monastery, SMMJ 129, p. 189.
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Jerusalem, Saint Mark's Monastery, SMMJ 129, pp. 120-121. All rights reserved. Image provided by HMML.

The Estrangela script here is rather angular and makes a careful, stately impression.

 

Distinctive Letterforms
ālap has a conspicuous curve upward at the top, but usually with not much of a dot or serif at the end
bēt has a notable short top line
gāmal ends in a dot
dālat / rēš angled, with a thicker top line that is not as long as the vertical line
wāw sharp on the right and has an open loop
mim sharp on the right, with an open loop, and the top part curving upward on the left
semkat has a much higher and separately formed left loop
ʿē has a dot on the far right
Distinctive Letterforms
ālap has a conspicuous curve upward at the top, but usually with not much of a dot or serif at the end
bēt has a notable short top line
gāmal ends in a dot
dālat / rēš angled, with a thicker top line that is not as long as the vertical line
wāw sharp on the right and has an open loop
mim sharp on the right, with an open loop, and the top part curving upward on the left
semkat has a much higher and separately formed left loop
ʿē has a dot on the far right