single compartment 'a' used almost exclusively for the lower case letter.
use of double compartment 'a' in the middle of a word. The scribe regularly uses double compartment 'A' for the upper case letter, however, this is one of the few lower-case ones.
neatly formed looped 'd'.
the scribe occasionally does not complete the loop of 'd'.
occasionally he also leaves a space between lobe and loop of the letter.
use of this form of 'd' is similar practise to Scribe 1 in this manuscript. Are they the same scribes, or just trained in the same place?
this 'g' sits on the line. Most, but not all 'g's are so situated.
the lower compartment is triangular, the upper compartment rounded.
'g' in final position with tag perhaps representative of a missing 'e'.
the tail-stroke usually curves gently clockwise to just below the line.
occasionally the limb sits on the line.
triangular head-loop in this example.
the head of 'c' continues to the head-loop of 'h'.
initial long 'r'. The 'r' is similar to the long 'r' used by Hand 1 but in this part of the manuscript, modern 'r' is used more frequently.
modern 'r' used frequently and when in final position it almost always has a flourish as here.
even 'z'-shaped 'r' has a flourish when in final position.
sigma 's' in final position. Occasional use as the initial letter.
Usage: a monges
the 's' is often left open in cursive manner.
as with Hand 1 in this manuscript, the long 's' frequently shows evidence of an approach stroke. The head-stroke is sometimes detached. Long 's' almost always used as the initial letter as well as medially.
upper case 'S' as first letter of line.
a distinctive form which varies little. It is different from the 'w' of Hand 1 in this manuscript, though both are distinctive and consistent.
used as the first letter of a line.
the body of the letter sits above the line. The tail does not descend very far below the line and occasionally sits on it.
the tail of 'y' may be straight.
the tail of 'y' is longer in this example and turns counter-clockwise to link up with the following graph.
perhaps a strange use of this version of 'r' accompanied by a flourish.
yogh is used frequently to represent both the 'y' sound and also the 'gh' element.
the main part of the graph is situated well above the line. The tail extends to just below the line.
although the approach stroke varies in length, curve and size, 'I' always seems to be a statement.