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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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plaque

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1872,0604.645

  • Description

    Gold plaque; two sheets of gold soldered together; projects to a point; disk soldered in centre; finely granulated between two circles of globules, enclosing carnelian cut into form of a lotus-flower; heart shaped garnet; bordered with beaded and plain wires; below hangs a mask of a river god, set in oval green stone; four chains hang from the bottom, with a fifth hanging from below the river god mask; small beads and reels on gold wire links ending in flowerets and globule clusters; three small rings for attachment soldered to either side of ornament.

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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 7.1 centimetres
    • Weight: 352 grammes
  • Bibliography

    • Jewellery 3125 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1872

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1872,0604.645

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