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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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    Mould-made pottery lamp with a circular body, a short rounded nozzle with a heart-shaped upper surface, a narrow rounded shoulder and a single moulding round the discus. At the rear is a ring handle. The discus is decorated with a grotesque stave-dancer holding two staves in each outspread arm; he wears a hat and has a large beaky nose; his large phallus swings behind him. Within the base-ring is the impressed name ERACLID.


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  • Date

    • 175-225 (circa)
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  • Findspot

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  • Type series

    • Loeschcke Type VIII (late)
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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 11.4 centimetres
    • Width: 8.9 centimetres
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  • Bibliography

    • Museum Secretum M485 bibliographic details
    • Lamp Q1368 bibliographic details
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    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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  • Additional IDs

    • SLAntiq.1088


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Object reference number: GAA34510

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