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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


shunga (Scope note)

Shunga ('spring pictures') are explicitly erotic Japanese paintings, prints and book illustrations produced in large quantities, mainly during the Edo period (1600-1868). Most examples are by Ukiyo-e or 'Floating World' school artists such as Utamaro and Hokusai. The additional Object Names 'painting', 'print' or 'illustrated book' should be added as appropriate. The Subject 'eroticism/sex' should also be entered.