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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.

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  • Description

    Earthenware tile, solid buff body inlaid with brown, forming a repeat pattern of lozenges containing four-petal motifs and rosettes, all bordered by rosettes. Maker's mark on reverse.

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  • Date

    • 1980-1989
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  • Dimensions

    • Width: 153 millimetres
    • Length: 153 millimetres
    • Diameter: 9 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

        H. & R. Johnson
      • Inscription Comment

        impressed, with holes for keying
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

        20 % 8/4/81
  • Curator's comments

    The tile was made in the 1980's as part of a group of replacements for those designed by Pugin for the palace of Westminster. the method used is the same as for the Minton originals: the design is impressed in the buff body clay, and the different colours, in the form of liquid slip, are then poured in. But the thickness of the modern replacements is about half that of the originals. See also 2000,0109.1-6


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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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tile; earthenware, inlaid with a black letter `E` in blue, buff, white and rust.

tile; earthenware, inlaid with a black letter `E` in blue, buff, white and rust. marked

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