Child’s alphabet

A child’s early attempt at writing the alphabet. Bored, they started to doodle. Children went to school to learn Hebrew so that they could read the Bible, a duty of every Jewish adult. They would have spoken Arabic, but few would have learned how to write it. Instead, when they grew up they mostly wrote their Arabic with Hebrew letters, Judaeo-Arabic.

Egypt, 11/12th century

Hebrew, paper,

T-S K5.19

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