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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

 
Three porcelain cups with curving sides, slightly flared rim, and two shallow loop handles. The cups have pale yellow enamel on the exterior, plain white glaze on the interior. There is a narrow band of incised dragons on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

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Three porcelain cups with curving sides, slightly flared rim, and two shallow loop handles. The cups have pale yellow enamel on the exterior, plain white glaze on the interior. There is a narrow band of incised dragons on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

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  • Three porcelain cups with curving sides, slightly flared rim, and two shallow loop handles. The cups have pale yellow enamel on the exterior, plain white glaze on the interior. There is a narrow band of incised dragons on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

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  • Three porcelain cups with curving sides, slightly flared rim, and two shallow loop handles. The cups have pale yellow enamel on the exterior, plain white glaze on the interior. There is a narrow band of incised dragons on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

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