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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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  • Description

    Popular print with some handcolouring representing figure in military dress against a green and white background. Ink and colour on paper.

  • Date

    • 1900-1905 (circa)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 50.6 centimetres
    • Width: 29.9 centimetres
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    29 October 1993

    Reason for treatment


    Treatment proposal

    Line with Chinese paper,repair as necessary,mount in board. .


    Loose, fragile, fugitive colours, some torn and damaged.

    Treatment details

    Lined with Chinese paper using wheat starch paste. Chinese paper toned to dark green colour for repairs. Dried on drying board. Removed from drying board, trimmed and numbered. Mounted in acid free board by MT3.

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  • Acquisition notes

    Brought back from China in about 1990 by a British military officer.

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