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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

 
Ojime. Water-wheel. Made of metal (black).
Inro (4 case). Sailing ship among reeds. Made of lacquer (black), gold.
Netsuke (kagamibuta). Man in a boat. Made of engraved silver.
Ojime. Made of colours inlaid metal.
Netsuke (kagamibuta). Tea girls.
Inro (4 case). Child holding a leash,a monkey and a woman in a kimono. Made of lacquer (black).
Netsuke (manju). Bird and flowering bough. Made of coral, shell. Ojime made of coral.
Inro (4 case). Flying cranes. Made of lacquer (gold), mother-of-pearl.
Ojime. Flowers. Made of gold, silver inlaid shakudo.
Netsuke (manju). Horseman and European lettering. Made of iron (black).
Inro. Horseman and boatman. Made of metal inlaid lacquer (gold).

Museum number

HG.349.b

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Group of Objects

Ojime. Water-wheel. Made of metal (black). Inro (4 case). Sailing ship among reeds. Made of lacquer (black), gold. Netsuke (kagamibuta). Man in a boat. Made of engraved silver. Ojime. Made of colours inlaid metal. Netsuke (kagamibuta). Tea girls. Inro (4 case). Child holding a leash,a monkey and a woman in a kimono. Made of lacquer (black). Netsuke (manju). Bird and flowering bough. Made of coral, shell. Ojime made of coral. Inro (4 case). Flying cranes. Made of lacquer (gold), mother-of-pearl. Ojime. Flowers. Made of gold, silver inlaid shakudo. Netsuke (manju). Horseman and European lettering. Made of iron (black). Inro. Horseman and boatman. Made of metal inlaid lacquer (gold).

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  • Ojime. Water-wheel. Made of metal (black).
Inro (4 case). Sailing ship among reeds. Made of lacquer (black), gold.
Netsuke (kagamibuta). Man in a boat. Made of engraved silver.
Ojime. Made of colours inlaid metal.
Netsuke (kagamibuta). Tea girls.
Inro (4 case). Child holding a leash,a monkey and a woman in a kimono. Made of lacquer (black).
Netsuke (manju). Bird and flowering bough. Made of coral, shell. Ojime made of coral.
Inro (4 case). Flying cranes. Made of lacquer (gold), mother-of-pearl.
Ojime. Flowers. Made of gold, silver inlaid shakudo.
Netsuke (manju). Horseman and European lettering. Made of iron (black).
Inro. Horseman and boatman. Made of metal inlaid lacquer (gold).

    Group of Objects

  • Ojime. Water-wheel. Made of metal (black).
Netsuke (kagamibuta). Man in a boat. Made of engraved silver.
Inro (4 case). Sailing ship among reeds. Made of lacquer (black), gold.
Ojime. Made of colours inlaid metal.
Netsuke (kagamibuta). Tea girls.
Netsuke (manju). Bird and flowering bough. Made of coral, shell. Ojime made of coral.
Inro (4 case). Child holding a leash,a monkey and a woman in a kimono. Made of lacquer (black).
Inro (4 case). Flying cranes. Made of lacquer (gold), mother-of-pearl.
Ojime. Flowers. Made of gold, silver inlaid shakudo.
Netsuke (manju). Horseman and European lettering. Made of iron (black).
Inro. Horseman and boatman. Made of metal inlaid lacquer (gold).

    Group of Objects