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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.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

Valencian lustreware plates


Reverse of first plate

Obverse of first plate

Obverse of first plate

Obverse of second plate

Obverse of second plate

Reverse of second plate

Reverse of second plate


These Valencian lustreware plates show the influence of one religious culture on another, and result from the sharing of skills and techniques:

'These plates were made by Muslim potters in Valencia in the middle of the fifteenth century. Many Christians admired Islamic lustreware and so they commissioned their own Christian adaptations of the designs. These plates fuse intricate, geometric, Islamic designs and the representation of Jesus in the centre. It can be suggested that instead of the usual figurative depiction of Jesus, the letters 'IHS' were used as a mark of respect towards Muslim culture.

These plates show how different cultures and faiths can fuse together and produce brilliance and beauty. It also shows how tolerance and respect between people of different faiths is not only possible but will work to the advantage of all people living within that society.'

Nadir and Rishi - Muslim and Jain