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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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  • Title (object)

    • L'almée
  • Description

    Dance of the Almeh, after Gérôme; young woman dancing at centre, at left man with hookah and another clapping, at right a musician sitting cross-legged; lettered state. 1869
    Etching, printed on thin ppaer

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1869
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 180 millimetres
    • Width: 278 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with production detail: 'C. L. Courtry d'après J. L. Gerôme' and 'Imprime par Delâtre', and publication line: 'Publié par Goupil & Cie', and title.
  • Curator's comments

    After the painting by Gérôme exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1864 and now in the Dayton Art Institute.

  • Bibliography

    • IFF 18 bibliographic details
    • Beraldi 9 bibliographic details
  • Location

    French XIXc Unmounted Roy

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    Prints & Drawings

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