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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

 
Bell-shrine; bronze and silver parcel-gilt; made for the bell of St Conall; decorated with silver plates; on front the top plate has seated figure of God the Father flanked by Virgin and Child and Archangel Michael; main panel with crucified Christ in centre, surrounded by four figures, against a background of panels filled with scroll ornaments; plate originally set with three rock crystals, one now missing, and is surrounded by plain silver border, inscribed and worn; side panels decorated with stepped geometric patterns; top panels on back and sides engraved with emblems of the Evangelists; main panel at back engraved with figures of saints; chain for suspension; top left-hand side damaged.

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1889,0902.23

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Bell-shrine; bronze and silver parcel-gilt; made for the bell of St Conall; decorated with silver plates; on front the top plate has seated figure of God the Father flanked by Virgin and Child and Archangel Michael; main panel with crucified Christ in centre, surrounded by four figures, against a background of panels filled with scroll ornaments; plate originally set with three rock crystals, one now missing, and is surrounded by plain silver border, inscribed and worn; side panels decorated with stepped geometric patterns; top panels on back and sides engraved with emblems of the Evangelists; main panel at back engraved with figures of saints; chain for suspension; top left-hand side damaged.

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  • Bell-shrine; bronze and silver parcel-gilt; made for the bell of St Conall; decorated with silver plates; on front the top plate has seated figure of God the Father flanked by Virgin and Child and Archangel Michael; main panel with crucified Christ in centre, surrounded by four figures, against a background of panels filled with scroll ornaments; plate originally set with three rock crystals, one now missing, and is surrounded by plain silver border, inscribed and worn; side panels decorated with stepped geometric patterns; top panels on back and sides engraved with emblems of the Evangelists; main panel at back engraved with figures of saints; chain for suspension; top left-hand side damaged.

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  • Bell-shrine; bronze and silver parcel-gilt; made for the bell of St Conall; decorated with silver plates; on front the top plate has seated figure of God the Father flanked by Virgin and Child and Archangel Michael; main panel with crucified Christ in centre, surrounded by four figures, against a background of panels filled with scroll ornaments; plate originally set with three rock crystals, one now missing, and is surrounded by plain silver border, inscribed and worn; side panels decorated with stepped geometric patterns; top panels on back and sides engraved with emblems of the Evangelists; main panel at back engraved with figures of saints; chain for suspension; top left-hand side damaged.

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