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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

 

Wall painting of a Nubian Queen with the Holy Virgin and Child


Drawing by Mohammed Awad

The children at work

The children at work

Ivory sculpture of the Virgin Mary and Child

Ivory sculpture of the Virgin Mary and Child


'This is a wall painting from the late 12th century AD. It is of a Nubian Queen, now dead being cradled by the Virgin Mary who is also cradling the Baby Jesus. It is very similar to the wall painting 'Christ Victor Trampling Evil powers,' which was made during the late 8th , early 9th century AD. This is because both pictures have halos and the signature of the artist over the head. The colour is monotonous. It was made with a durable painting material. We believe that the paint was made from flowers. The piece was damaged round the outside. There was a slight colour loss and the writing has been eroded. It is a sign of the changing times as clothes seen as amazing back then would not be seen as the same way now. We likened the image to a sculpture made from elephant tusk in Paris in 1320-1330 AD, called "Ivory of the Virgin and her Child'. As they were both of the Virgin and the Child they were similar. However, they were made millions of miles and hundreds of years apart.'

By Saeed Abdel-Gadir, Mohammed Awad, Mohamed El-Mahadi, Yassin Abdelazim