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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

 
Pear-shaped porcelain vase (yuhuchun ping) with long tapering neck and flaring mouth rim, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Two fountains, one with an elephant as its base and the other with a horse. Narrow band of flower heads on a diaper background at the neck, with plantain leaves. Mark on base.

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Pear-shaped porcelain vase (yuhuchun ping) with long tapering neck and flaring mouth rim, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Two fountains, one with an elephant as its base and the other with a horse. Narrow band of flower heads on a diaper background at the neck, with plantain leaves. Mark on base.

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  • Pear-shaped porcelain vase (yuhuchun ping) with long tapering neck and flaring mouth rim, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Two fountains, one with an elephant as its base and the other with a horse. Narrow band of flower heads on a diaper background at the neck, with plantain leaves. Mark on base.

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  • Porcelain pear-shaped vase (yuhuchun ping) with long tapering neck and flaring mouth rim.  There are two fountains, one with an elephant as its base and the other with a horse, in underglaze cobalt blue on the body of the vase, a narrow band of flower heads on a diaper background topped with plantain leaves at the neck. There is a mark on the base.

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  • Pear-shaped porcelain vase (yuhuchun ping) with long tapering neck and flaring mouth rim, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Two fountains, one with an elephant as its base and the other with a horse. Narrow band of flower heads on a diaper background at the neck, with plantain leaves. Mark on base.

    Full: Front

  • Pear-shaped porcelain vase (yuhuchun ping) with long tapering neck and flaring mouth rim, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Two fountains, one with an elephant as its base and the other with a horse. Narrow band of flower heads on a diaper background at the neck, with plantain leaves. Mark on base.

    Full: Front

  • Porcelain pear-shaped vase (yuhuchun ping) with long tapering neck and flaring mouth rim.  There are two fountains, one with an elephant as its base and the other with a horse, in underglaze cobalt blue on the body of the vase, a narrow band of flower heads on a diaper background topped with plantain leaves at the neck. There is a mark on the base.

    Full: Front