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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


Reliquary in the form of a model stupa

Reliquary in the form of a mod

Height: 21.900 cm
Diameter: 11.800 cm (base)

Asia OA 1887.7-17.34

'The model of a stupa carved in stone is a reliquary, containing a sacred relic. This applies to great architectural examples of the stupa form, such as those at Sanchi in Madya Pradesh in India. The form of the stupa alternates between the cylinder, the dome and the cube, bringing the square and the circle into a key relationship. The small box at the top of the hemisphere provides a more static moment between the circular forms below and the pagoda like form emanating above.'
John Maine 2002

On display: Room 69a