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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

    Long-sleeved jacket made of a cream-coloured silk and cotton fabric. The fabric has plain stripes alternating with stripes with repeat black Arabic lettering woven into the pattern. The jacket has a narrow stand-up collar made of the same fabric, and two crescent-shaped pockets at the front. It is trimmed with cream coloured braid at the front and along the pocket and sleeve edges. The front and sleeve openings can be fastened by means of braid buttons.


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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 64 centimetres
    • Width: 180 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        woven into striped fabric
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        ملبوس العافية
      • Inscription Transliteration

        malbūs al-‘āfiyah
      • Inscription Translation

        May it be worn in prosperity
  • Condition

    Fair; some staining; couple of braid buttons missing

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  • Department

    Middle East

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