Early life[ edit ] Hancock was born in London in In the late s, he became a Romani rights activist after reading reports about anti-Romani discrimination in Britain. In particular, he took up the cause of Romani rights after reading about an incident in which three Romani children were killed in a fire caused by a lamp after police officers, who had arrested their parents, attempted to use a bulldozer to forcibly remove their caravan while they were still inside. These works analyse the Romani people through not only Romani linguistics but also history, anthropology, and genetics. He has also appeared in the documentary American Gypsy. He is currently writing a book called On Romani Origins and Identity.
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Fa e ook: Baro Ro , Maria Cirpa i. A ade ia. I am researching the Indian roots of the Romani dialects. The original drawing is the one in the right side, older than the date on the fake poster This is the fake poster. In , the little-known artist Valerio painted a chained-up Gypsy. Valerio, the artist, signed it with his name and date visible in the upper left corner of the drawing included on page 89 of Gli Zingari.
About this poster, Hancock says: "A copy of this poster was sent to me by Mr. Nicolae Oprescu of Bucharest. The poster appears to have been the model for a similar illustration in Colloci Nicolae Oprescu" is a pseudonym. The only Nicolae that Hancock knew was Nicolae Gheorghe: "Linguist Ian Hancock was a professor at the University of Austin in Texas and politically active in the Romani Union, contributing to the organization of the first international congress of Roma London, and those that followed.
Although they knew and appreciated each other, the two only met in person after the fall of the socialist regime. We are not sure that Nicolae Gheorghe would have sent the drawing in question to Hancock. Particular evidence that directly implicates Ian Hancock is the date written by the artist Valerio on the drawing, The text subsequently added to the drawing by that mysterious Nicolae Oprescu also includes the date announced for the sale, 8 May A Gypsy slave could not be depicted on a poster in , since in the Gypsies were officially emancipated by the Romanian State.
That poster never appeared in the Romanian Lands! The artist Valerio probably made use of a young Gypsy whom he painted in Here is why the text added later is a modern forgery: Mr. Here is the text from the poster, commented on by Mr. Dan Ungureanu demonstrates that: "a vinde" -- is a calque of the English usage "to sell".
No native speaker of Romanian would write that. Elias Monastery did not exist at that time! Elias is a hospital built by a Jewish banker of Sephardic origin.
I should add that "Elias" is an influence of the counterfeiter from English. Dan Ungureanu gives evidence that the alphabet used in was a Latin-Cyrillic hybrid, therefore the text on the poster would have to have been written with the hybrid alphabet, not with the Latin alphabet! But it is used in English: in fine condition. Dan Ungureanu commented on the typeface used in falsifying the drawing of Dan Ungureanu is rightly surprised by the fact that this word, Grifo, appears on the fake poster in the bottom left corner.
But, as I said, the hand of the liar writes the truth! And according to Mr. Dan Ungureanu, on googlebooks, where there are two copies of the book Arte de Escrevir, exactly the two pages with the Grifo typeface are missing! Bibliography: Ian F. Related Papers.
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