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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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painting / handscroll

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Handscroll. Landscape. Ink and colours on satin.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1644-1911
  • Findspot

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 41.3 centimetres (image)
    • Height: 46.5 centimetres (scroll)
    • Width: 273 centimetres (image)
    • Width: 899 centimetres (scroll)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Qian li bo ju
      • Inscription Comment

        signature and seal
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Qian li
      • Inscription Translation

        One thousand [Chinese] miles.
      • Inscription Comment

        carved in relief (朱文).
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        鑒藏印:靜庵鑒賞(Jing’an jianshang) 、古歙世家(Gushe shijia), 嘉興吳鎮仲圭書畫記 (Jiaxing Wu Zhen Zhonggui shuhuaji).
      • Inscription Comment

        3 collectors' seals carved in intaglio (白文).
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  • Acquisition date


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  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • Ch.Ptg.Add.329 (Chinese Painting Additional Number)


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