|The letters on this sign are English (actually, Anglo-Saxon) in the "Insular Hand" script - as it appeared in the 9th century around the period of King Alfred; I did the text on this piece entirely by hand using made-in-Japan black jell ink pens, on white construction paper. I then used colored pencil around the edges to give it the "aged parchment" look. The piece was then permanently mounted on a beige lacquered backing board, and lightly treated with a spray sealant. It hangs in Nogata, Japan in the house of Osamu Tanaka. The text reads:
"And þæs ymb IIII niht gefeaht Æthered cyning and Ælfred his broðor wiþ ealne þone here on Æscesdune • And hie wæron on twæm gefylcum • on oðrum wæs Bachseg and Halfdene þa hæðnan cyningas and on oðrum wæron þa eorlas."
which means roughly