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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

    Jug; large; grey salt-glazed stoneware; ribbed cylindrical neck and globular body; neck picked out in manganese; applied central medallion; flanked by branches and birds, above winged putto-head; wreath framing; remaining parts of body decorated with incised ornaments; large rosette above central medallion, flanked by two deers and stylised branches; monogrammed.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1714-1760 (after)
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  • Materials

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 320 millimetres
    • Diameter: 95 millimetres (rim)
    • Diameter: 105 millimetres (base)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        central medallion
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Translation

        Georg Rex
      • Inscription Comment

        Control stamp for the correct measures.
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        beside handle
      • Inscription Translation

      • Inscription Comment

        Capacity mark means one ale gallon.
  • Subjects

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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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  • Additional IDs

    • 89 (Thomas Collection Number)

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