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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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niello plate

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  • Description

    The Annunciation; Engraved silver plate with inlaid niello

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 54 millimetres
    • Width: 30 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Another version of the same character is registered as 2004 U.6. Possibly modern.

  • Bibliography

    • Hind 101 bibliographic details
  • Location


  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    23 February 2005

    Treatment proposal

    Remove old lacquer, clean to remove tarnish and enhance legibility


    Lacquered, tarnished, dirty

    Treatment details

    Immersed in acetone to remove lacquer. Swabbed with Silvo on cotton wool swabs to remove tarnish. Swabbed with white spirit to remove residues.

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