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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

 
Figure of Laksminarayan, the conjoined male (Vishnu) and female (Lakshmi) form of the deity; cf. the Saiva, Ardhanarisvara (Siva and Parvati joined). Standing on lotus throne, the differing characteristics have been subtly indicated in details such as the single female breast, the different earrings and the differential pleating of the 'dhoti' - the male side (right) terminates with a zig-zag motif, while the female side sweeps away gracefully from the centre line. Made of gilded bronze, inlaid with turquoise and a precious stone (perhaps ruby).

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1956,1210.7

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Figure of Laksminarayan, the conjoined male (Vishnu) and female (Lakshmi) form of the deity; cf. the Saiva, Ardhanarisvara (Siva and Parvati joined). Standing on lotus throne, the differing characteristics have been subtly indicated in details such as the single female breast, the different earrings and the differential pleating of the 'dhoti' - the male side (right) terminates with a zig-zag motif, while the female side sweeps away gracefully from the centre line. Made of gilded bronze, inlaid with turquoise and a precious stone (perhaps ruby).

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  • Figure (Vishnu.Lak?mi). Standing on lotus throne. Made of gilded and stones (semi-precious) inlaid bronze.

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  • Figure (Vishnu.Lak?mi). Standing on lotus throne. Made of gilded and stones (semi-precious) inlaid bronze.

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  • Figure (Vishnu.Lak?mi). Standing on lotus throne. Made of gilded and stones (semi-precious) inlaid bronze.

    Full: Front

  • Figure of Laksminarayan, the conjoined male (Vishnu) and female (Lakshmi) form of the deity; cf. the Saiva, Ardhanarisvara (Siva and Parvati joined). Standing on lotus throne, the differing characteristics have been subtly indicated in details such as the single female breast, the different earrings and the differential pleating of the 'dhoti' - the male side (right) terminates with a zig-zag motif, while the female side sweeps away gracefully from the centre line. Made of gilded bronze, inlaid with turquoise and a precious stone (perhaps ruby).

    Full: Front