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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

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    Album. Lady plus inscription. Painted in ink and colours on silk. Pictures of four beauties.

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    • 1813 (?)
    • 1873 (?)
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    • Height: 19 centimetres
    • Width: 27.2 centimetres
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        With the coming of Autumn the scenery is most rare, outside the window the leaves of the Wutong tree fly to-and-fro, I break off a branch of osmanthus but to whom shall I present it? When will the traveller return from the remotest parts? Everyday when I make copies the ink in my inkstone does not dry. To cherish a flower is easy, to protect it is hard. When opening the album I bid you treat it as a valuable object, if you are not an upright person you may not look. By the old man addicted to flowers.
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      • Inscription Content

        鈐印:琴, 書
      • Inscription Transliteration

        qin, shu.
      • Inscription Translation

        The guqin [the Chinese zither], calligraphy.
      • Inscription Comment

        2 seals 1: intaglio (白文). 2: relief (朱文).
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    • Ch.Ptg.Add.74 (Chinese Painting Additional Number)
Album. Lady + inscription. Ink and colours on silk. According to register. pictures of four beauties.


Album. Lady + inscription. Ink and colours on silk. According to register. pictures of four beauties.

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