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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

 
Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain dish with deep rounded sides and everted rim. Swatow type, with red, turquoise and black overglaze enamels. Marine compass in centre, with the characters 'tai ji' (supreme ultimate) and others representing the Ten Celestial Stems and the Twelve Terrestrial Branches. Fish, wave pattern and boat in the cavetto. Eight Trigrams around rim.

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Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain dish with deep rounded sides and everted rim. Swatow type, with red, turquoise and black overglaze enamels. Marine compass in centre, with the characters 'tai ji' (supreme ultimate) and others representing the Ten Celestial Stems and the Twelve Terrestrial Branches. Fish, wave pattern and boat in the cavetto. Eight Trigrams around rim.

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  • Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain dish with deep rounded sides and everted rim. Swatow type, with red, turquoise and black overglaze enamels. Marine compass in centre, with the characters 'tai ji' (supreme ultimate) and others representing the Ten Celestial Stems and the Twelve Terrestrial Branches. Fish, wave pattern and boat in the cavetto. Eight Trigrams around rim.

    Full: Front

  • Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain dish with deep rounded sides and everted rim. Swatow type, with red, turquoise and black overglaze enamels. Marine compass in centre, with the characters 'tai ji' (supreme ultimate) and others representing the Ten Celestial Stems and the Twelve Terrestrial Branches. Fish, wave pattern and boat in the cavetto. Eight Trigrams around rim.

    Full: Front