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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

 

Limestone relief panel depicting the Great Departure of Prince Siddhartha

This fragmentary relief depicts the departure of Prince Siddhartha from his palace at Kapilavastu to start on a spiritual quest that leads him to Buddhahood. Though he is not visible, the Buddha's presence is symbolically referred to by the parasol held over his horse, Kanthaka, as it leaves the palace behind, trotting out of the torana (arched gateway).

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Colossal bust of Ramesses II

One of the largest pieces of Egyptian sculpture in the British Museum.
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Giant sculpture of a scarab beetle

This diorite sculpture, at around one and a half metres long, is one of the largest representations known.
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Tree of Life

The Tree of Life was made by four Mozambican artists: Cristovao Canhavato (Kester), Hilario Nhatugueja, Fiel dos Santos and Adelino Serafim Maté.
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The Atomic Apocalypse, by the Linares family

The celebration of the festivals of All Saints and All Souls.
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The Rosetta Stone

A valuable key to the decipherment of hieroglyphs.
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Kozo, the double-headed dog

Kongo carvers produced wooden carvings (minkisi, singular: nkisi) which were used in rituals.
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