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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 (series)

    • Pædopægnion
  • Description

    Seven cherubs dancing in a circle on a hill; two trees behind at right; after Peeter van Avont; first state, before '7' added to lower right.

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  • Date

    • 1646
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 128 millimetres
    • Width: 207 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered within design at lower right with artists' names: 'Petrus van Avont inu and ex / W. Hollar fecit'.
  • Curator's comments

    See Comment of 1868,0612.225 for information about the series.

  • Bibliography

    • Pennington 502.I bibliographic details
    • New Hollstein 855.I (Hollar) bibliographic details
  • Location

    British Post-binder

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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