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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 saucer with rounded sides and everted rim, with incised designs in green enamels on a yellow enamel ground. Stylized peach tree in the form of the character 'shou' for longevity in centre, with lingzhi fungus on either side, with similar design on exterior. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

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Porcelain saucer with rounded sides and everted rim, with incised designs in green enamels on a yellow enamel ground. Stylized peach tree in the form of the character 'shou' for longevity in centre, with lingzhi fungus on either side, with similar design on exterior. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

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  • Porcelain saucer with rounded sides and everted rim, with incised designs in green enamels on a yellow enamel ground. Stylized peach tree in the form of the character 'shou' for longevity in centre, with lingzhi fungus on either side, with similar design on exterior. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

    Full: Front

  • Porcelain saucer with rounded sides and everted rim, with incised designs in green enamels on a yellow enamel ground. Stylized peach tree in the form of the character 'shou' for longevity in centre, with lingzhi fungus on either side, with similar design on exterior. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

    Full: Front