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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

 

Views from Africa


Wooden male and female figures

Woman

Man

Man


Height: 42.000 cm (woman)
Width: 11.000 cm (woman)
Depth: 8.000 cm (woman)
Height: 42.000 cm (woman)
Width: 11.000 cm (woman)
Depth: 8.000 cm (woman)

AOA 1979 Af.1.4623-4


The African nations have a long history of contact, exchange and trade with other parts of the world as well as with each other. Since Portuguese explorers arrived in West Africa during the fifteenth century, complex and changing relationships have evolved between Africans and Europeans.

The objects featured in this tour were made by artists from south of the Sahara between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries. It is not always clear whether there are elements of parody in the stylized figures, or whether they are simply representations of Europeans. Some could be depictions of royal visitors or city-dwelling Africans in European dress. Together they reflect the artists' personal encounters and engagement with change.

This tour accompanies the exhibition Views from Africa, at the British Museum from 28 April to 23 July 2005.