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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

    Dish; earthenware; shallow with central boss and slightly sloping rim; covered both sides with a creamy tin-glaze; painted with copper-brown lustre; obverse, pattern of encircled discs and scrolls, each one with a cross or dot inside; in the centre is a deep blue hawk(?) with lustre decoration; on the rim an inscription is painted in blue Gothic lettering; reverse, two concentric circles in lustre on dotted ground; scrolls, spiky plants and meander patterns on underside of rim; one suspension hole.


  • Date

    • 1425-1430 (circa)
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  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 37.2 centimetres
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  • Bibliography

    • Godman 1901 433 bibliographic details
    • Rackham 1959 p60, pl.103c bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history


    1993, Jan-present, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, Renaissance Applied Arts LT Loan

  • Condition

    Chipped in places.

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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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