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In Dubai, Romanos Iliya made three-dimensional mock-ups of each Phoenician letter, playing with the meanings and symbolism of each.Finally, using bronze, resin and aluminum, she created large-scale figures based on of the Phoenician letters. In a series she calls "mini-scrabble" she uses the Phoenician characters, which bear a resemblance to Latin or Arabic letters, to create words in English or Lebanese. Some of her works make playful use of the Phoenician alphabet's symbolic meanings. In one, entitled Alphabeit, an almost anthropomorphic version of the Phoenician letter Aleph appears to be walking toward a shape resembling the letter Beit, which meant 'home' in the Phoenician language as it does in modern Arabic. Having relocated to Lebanon last year, Romanos Iliya is still working with variations the Phoenician script.Those less versed in the Phoenician alphabet could be forgiven for thinking the sculpture was depicted a Latin X and an O, which shows the links that this ancient alphabet has with modern alphabets.
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