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Runic Inscriptions

40 41 The Franks Casket is displayed in the British Museum in London. This fascinating carved whalebone casket took its name from Sir Augustas W. Franks who acquired and donated most of its panels to the museum in 1867. Produced during the Dual Faith period the piece has been dated to the early eighth century through its use of the Anglian language. The casket measures nine inches long, seven and a half inches wide and five and a half inches high. AngloSaxon runes spell out the name gili on the top panel where a battle scene is also depicted. The name may refer to Egill, the brother of Welund, in an unrecorded scene from the myth, or to Aylesford, where Hengist and Horsa battled with King Vortigen and Horsa perished. The left scene on the front panel portrays an episode from the heathen myth of Welund. The right is an adoration of the Magi with the word Mgi spelt in runes. Around its perimeter the word whales bone is recorded and also an alliterative verse detailing how through chasing fish onto shingle the whales life ended. the FrAnKs cAsKet and how a whales life ended
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