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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

 

Conservation

Treatment date
26 January 2006

Reason for treatment
Storage

Treatment proposal
Re - join fragments.

Condition
The object was required for a loan to Brussels (loan # 687). Whilst I was examinig the spinx to assess its suitability for loan I removed it from the polystyrene storage mount. Unfortunately it slipped and broke into two pieces and two small fragments. The sphinx also has some excess adhesive on the underside. Darrel Day was present at the time and John Taylor was informed at the time.

Treatment details
The sphinx had broken across its narrowest point. The two pieces were joined with HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate). The small fragmetns were repositioned and secured in place using 10% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in a 50:50 mix of Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol). The joint was reinforced with a fill made from Microballoons (silica or phenolic resin) in a 10% solutuin of Paraloid B72 in a 50:50 mix of acetone and IMS. The fill was coloured to match the ivory with raw sienna and titanium white powder pigments.