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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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seal

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1877,0706.90

  • Description

    Seal-matrix: unidentified; brass; circular; long iron handle of octagonal section. A rock in the sea in the foreground and on the right a ship with three stars above and on the left a sun on the horizon, clouds above all; inscription, wax impression.

  • Date

    • 17thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 3.5 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Roman capitals
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        QVIS DICERE FALSVM AVDEAT
  • Curator's comments

    Why German?

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1877

  • Acquisition notes

    Garthe Sale, Cologne, 1877, lot 3044

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1877,0706.90

  • Additional IDs

    • TSC German II/ Unidentified 27

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