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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


Hoshino Ken (Biographical details)

Hoshino Ken (dealer/auction house; Japanese; Male; 1878 - 1913)

Also known as

Hoshino, Ken; Ken Hoshino & Co


Scholar and art dealer. Went to the USA in 1898, studied at Columbia University, after graduation moved to London and had office on Chancery Lane. Sold woodblock prints to the Museum in 1907, published prints by Urushibara Mokuchu (q.v.). Returned to Japan because of ill health in 1913, where he died the same year.


Noboru Koyama, "A Short Account of London Art Dealers in London in the Pre-War Period" [unpublished paper]