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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


Chinese painting

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Department of Asia 

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  • The British Museum

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The Museum is undertaking the updating and expansion of information about the Chinese prints and paintings in the collection by improving the entries on the collection online database.

This work is sometimes carried out in conjunction with producing exhibitions and catalogues, including The printed image in China: from the eighth to the twenty-first centuries (2010) and Modern Chinese ink paintings: a century of new directions (2012), both by curator Clarissa von Spee.

Eighteenth century album leaf by Leng Mei

Eighteenth century album leaf by Leng Mei.