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Syriac: Usual Estrangela

Section 7: Vatican City, Vat. Sir. 161, f. 113v (9th C.)

Acts of the Persian Martyrs

 

© Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana, Sir. 161, f. 113v.

 

Distinctive Letterforms
dālat / rēš
  • Serto shape
  • Serto shape, with closed loop on the left
wāw
  • may have an angle on the top right or be curved
  • loop generally open, but may be closed
zayn
  • does not hang below lines
  • thicker at the top
yod
  • joined form often rather tall, but not quite as tall as nun
  • final isolated form is the comma shape
kāp
  • final form more jagged than curved
mim
  • loop closed
  • top part curves upward
semkat
  • joins with following letter
  • both loops about the same size
tāw
  • either with very tight loop, essentially closed, or the more common Estrangela type
Distinctive Letterforms
dālat / rēš
  • Serto shape
  • Serto shape, with closed loop on the left
wāw
  • may have an angle on the top right or be curved
  • loop generally open, but may be closed
zayn
  • does not hang below lines
  • thicker at the top
yod
  • joined form often rather tall, but not quite as tall as nun
  • final isolated form is the comma shape
kāp
  • final form more jagged than curved
mim
  • loop closed
  • top part curves upward
semkat
  • joins with following letter
  • both loops about the same size
tāw
  • either with very tight loop, essentially closed, or the more common Estrangela type