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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 flower holder in the form of an elephant, with a cloisonne flower holder set into the back. The flower holder has cream glaze. There is a lotus-with-dot border and key-fret band on saddlecloth. There is an inscription on the base. One of a pair with PDF134.

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PDF.133

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Porcelain flower holder in the form of an elephant, with a cloisonne flower holder set into the back. The flower holder has cream glaze. There is a lotus-with-dot border and key-fret band on saddlecloth. There is an inscription on the base. One of a pair with PDF134.

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  • Porcelain flower holder in the form of an elephant, with a cloisonne flower holder set into the back. The flower holder has cream glaze. There is a lotus-with-dot border and key-fret band on saddlecloth. There is an inscription on the base. One of a pair with PDF134.

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  • Porcelain flower holder in the form of an elephant, with a cloisonne flower holder set into the back. The flower holder has cream glaze. There is a lotus-with-dot border and key-fret band on saddlecloth. There is an inscription on the base. One of a pair with PDF134.

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  • Porcelain flower holder in the form of an elephant, with a cloisonne flower holder set into the back. The flower holder has cream glaze. There is a lotus-with-dot border and key-fret band on saddlecloth. There is an inscription on the base. One of a pair with PDF134.

    Full: Front