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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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finger-ring

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    AF.961

  • Description

    Finger-ring; silver; engraved; ten projections; heart-shaped bezel depicting sacred monogram surmounted by cross.

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 1.18 inches (hoop)
    • Length: 0.43 inches (bezel)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        sacred monogram
      • Inscription Position

        bezel
      • Inscription Content

        IHS
  • Curator's comments

    According to the Braybrooke catalogue, 'A silver thumb ring, another specimen of the decades. This has a heart-shaped signet, on which are the letters "IHS" with a cross above H, there is a single line border around the face of the signet. This ring was purchased at Mr Mockler's sale, 1848. -75grs.'

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  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1912 801 bibliographic details
    • Braybrooke 1873 no 74 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1897

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    AF.961

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