What just happened?

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.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Collection online

Additional options
Production date to

Or search by



  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Bronze artefact: oval shape coming to a point at each end, flattened on one side, roughly D shape section.

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 2.8 centimetres
    • Width: 1 centimetres (maximum)
  • Condition

    covered with incrustation; cleaned in Metals conservation August 2000.

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

    Treatment date

    16 August 2000

    Treatment proposal

    Clean to find purpose if poss. BTA and lacquer.


    Massive, fissured corrosion. Post corrosion break shows only speckling of remaining metal. Surface very poor

    Treatment details

    Cleaned manually using scalpel. No good original surface to clean down to.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    From the Wellcome-Marston expedition of 1932-1938.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number


There is no image of this object, or there may be copyright restrictions

Image service:

Request new photography



If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: collectiondatabase@britishmuseum.org 

View open data for this object with SPARQL endpoint

Object reference number: WCO19577

British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.

View this object

Support the Museum:
donate online

The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.

About the database

The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.

More about the database 


Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.

More about supporters and how you
can help