[Syriac Lead Type in the Serto Script]

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19th century

In the 16th century, western interest in Syriac Christianity began to grow. Beginning with editions of the Syriac Bible, publishers sought out and printed Syriac texts as witnesses to the early history of Christianity. A variety of lead type fonts were developed for printing in Syriac using three different scripts. The lead type displayed here represents the “Serto” or Western style script. The origins of this particular font is unknown though it is likely from the 19th century. The characters on display here are variations of the letter “bēth” (ancestor of the English letter “b”) paired with different vowel sounds. In Syriac script, like Hebrew, vowels were optional and when included were written above or below the consonants.

Title

[Syriac Lead Type in the Serto Script]

Date

19th century

Description

In the 16th century, western interest in Syriac Christianity began to grow. Beginning with editions of the Syriac Bible, publishers sought out and printed Syriac texts as witnesses to the early history of Christianity. A variety of lead type fonts were developed for printing in Syriac using three different scripts. The lead type displayed here represents the “Serto” or Western style script. The origins of this particular font is unknown though it is likely from the 19th century. The characters on display here are variations of the letter “bēth” (ancestor of the English letter “b”) paired with different vowel sounds. In Syriac script, like Hebrew, vowels were optional and when included were written above or below the consonants.

Language

Syriac

Files

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Citation

“[Syriac Lead Type in the Serto Script],” Gallery, accessed September 22, 2019, https://gallery.library.vanderbilt.edu/items/show/2569.