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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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  • Description

    Cupids and children dancing in a circle, two children at far left in profile to left; impression pasted onto backing sheet; after Marcantonio Raimondi; late state. Etching

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  • Date

    • 1826-1847
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 133 millimetres
    • Width: 185 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Backing sheet inscribed in graphite: 'From an original etching by Marc Antonio Raimondi- / C.L. Brightwell-'.
  • Curator's comments

    See 1902,0514.540 for an early state and 1847,0414.11 for another impression.

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    British XIXc Unmounted Roy

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    Prints & Drawings

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