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Monday, November 18, 2013

Ancient Manuscript Review 118 : Antique Aramaic Syriac Estrangela Christian Manuscript Pastedown

This is an unexpected and rare finding. I first spotted this leaf pasted in the inner cover of a Syriac manuscript. The script was so peculiar and totally different than the script written in the manuscript. After doing some research and googling, this script is called Estrangela. It was much earlier and older script compared to Serto script which is used in the manuscript itself.. The pastedown could be taken from an older manuscript and could be earlier than 10th century.

I welcome anyone who has any knowledge of this script & manuscript to shed some lights.


Title Page : Nil
Content    : Unknown
Date         : 6th-10th Century CE
Copyist    : Anonymous
Patron      : Nil
Origin      : Diyerbakir, Turkey
Place acquired : Istanbul
Illuminations : Nil
Calligraphy : Syriac Estrangela
Number of lines :14 lines per page
Inks          : Main text in black with some words in red
Punctuation: Diacritical marks in black
Frame       :  Nil
History of Manuscript : It was originally a pastedown of inner cover of a Syriac gospel manuscript
Number of folios : 1 f
Support of writing : light yellowish vellum
Gatherings : N/A
Catchwords :Nil
Dimensions : 15.5 cm x 22.0 cm
Binding   : Nil
Estimated Market Price :
Purchased Price : USD
Remarks :

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