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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

 
Porcelain jar of guan form with rounded body, thick mouth rim and animal masks on the shoulders, pierced to hold metal rings. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Diaper band round the lip and a scroll of chrysanthemum round the neck; band of lotus panels with auspicious emblems on shoulder above a band containing phoenixes flying amid lotus scrolls. Large scrolling flowers on body, and lappets on lower section. The base and foot ring are unglazed.

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Porcelain jar of guan form with rounded body, thick mouth rim and animal masks on the shoulders, pierced to hold metal rings. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Diaper band round the lip and a scroll of chrysanthemum round the neck; band of lotus panels with auspicious emblems on shoulder above a band containing phoenixes flying amid lotus scrolls. Large scrolling flowers on body, and lappets on lower section. The base and foot ring are unglazed.

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  • Porcelain jar of guan form with rounded body, thick mouth rim and animal masks on the shoulders, pierced to hold metal rings. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Diaper band round the lip and a scroll of chrysanthemum round the neck; band of lotus panels with auspicious emblems on shoulder above a band containing phoenixes flying amid lotus scrolls. Large scrolling flowers on body, and lappets on lower section. The base and foot ring are unglazed.

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  • Porcelain jar of guan form with rounded body, thick mouth rim and animal masks on the shoulders, pierced to hold metal rings. There is a diaper band in underglaze cobalt blue round the lip and a scroll of chrysanthemum in underglaze cobalt blue round the neck, a band of lotus panels with auspicious emblems in underglaze cobalt blue on shoulder above a band containing phoenixes flying amid lotus scrolls, large scrolling flowers on the body, and lappets on the lower section. The base and foot ring are unglazed.

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  • Porcelain jar of guan form with rounded body, thick mouth rim and animal masks on the shoulders, pierced to hold metal rings. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Diaper band round the lip and a scroll of chrysanthemum round the neck; band of lotus panels with auspicious emblems on shoulder above a band containing phoenixes flying amid lotus scrolls. Large scrolling flowers on body, and lappets on lower section. The base and foot ring are unglazed.

    Full: Front

  • Porcelain jar of guan form with rounded body, thick mouth rim and animal masks on the shoulders, pierced to hold metal rings. There is a diaper band in underglaze cobalt blue round the lip and a scroll of chrysanthemum in underglaze cobalt blue round the neck, a band of lotus panels with auspicious emblems in underglaze cobalt blue on shoulder above a band containing phoenixes flying amid lotus scrolls, large scrolling flowers on the body, and lappets on the lower section. The base and foot ring are unglazed.

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  • Porcelain jar of guan form with rounded body, thick mouth rim and animal masks on the shoulders, pierced to hold metal rings. There is a diaper band in underglaze cobalt blue round the lip and a scroll of chrysanthemum in underglaze cobalt blue round the neck, a band of lotus panels with auspicious emblems in underglaze cobalt blue on shoulder above a band containing phoenixes flying amid lotus scrolls, large scrolling flowers on the body, and lappets on the lower section. The base and foot ring are unglazed.

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