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Syriac: Usual Estrangela

Section 8: Vatican City, Vat. Sir. 118, f. 40v (pre-12th C.)

Jacob of Serugh, Memre

 

© Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana, Sir. 118, f. 40v.

The script here has a very thick, sharp character.

Distinctive Letterforms
ālap
  • top part, ending in a dot, much thinner than the bottom part
gāmal
  • very thick dot at the bottom
  • the top arm has a narrowed middle
dālat / rēš
  • Serto shape, with a very thick dot as the topmost part
  • Serto shape, with closed loop on left
wāw
  • a perfect o shape
zayn
  • does not hang below line
ṭēt
  • the top and bottom parts are each the same height
yod
  • very short
mim
  • top line angles upward
  • closed loop
semkat
  • left loop only very slightly taller than the right
  • neither loop pointed
ʿē
  • the top arm has a narrowed middle
  • rather tall
ṣādē
  • thin descender
šin
  • top part essentially a flat line
tāw
  • closed loop
Distinctive Letterforms
ālap
  • top part, ending in a dot, much thinner than the bottom part
gāmal
  • very thick dot at the bottom
  • the top arm has a narrowed middle
dālat / rēš
  • Serto shape, with a very thick dot as the topmost part
  • Serto shape, with closed loop on left
wāw
  • a perfect o shape
zayn
  • does not hang below line
ṭēt
  • the top and bottom parts are each the same height
yod
  • very short
mim
  • top line angles upward
  • closed loop
semkat
  • left loop only very slightly taller than the right
  • neither loop pointed
ʿē
  • the top arm has a narrowed middle
  • rather tall
ṣādē
  • thin descender
šin
  • top part essentially a flat line
tāw
  • closed loop