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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.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 
The feast of Herod; Herod and his wife seated underneath the portico of a domed building in left background; Salome approaching with the head of the Baptist; in centre background the executioner standing next to the headless corpse; in right background view of a landscape with a town and a river with bathers and a boat-party; in foreground courtiers in contemporary dress holding a banquet; at left dancers and musicians; one couple followed by death holding a scythe; printed from two blocks; some tears where the paper was folded repaired; early impression.  
Woodcut and letterpress

Museum number

1919,0616.40

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The feast of Herod; Herod and his wife seated underneath the portico of a domed building in left background; Salome approaching with the head of the Baptist; in centre background the executioner standing next to the headless corpse; in right background view of a landscape with a town and a river with bathers and a boat-party; in foreground courtiers in contemporary dress holding a banquet; at left dancers and musicians; one couple followed by death holding a scythe; printed from two blocks; some tears where the paper was folded repaired; early impression. Woodcut and letterpress

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