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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


South Africa Landscape

Kew at the British Museum

Admission free  |  West lawn, Museum forecourt

Quiver tree

Quiver tree

Aloe dichotoma

The whitish powder covering this tree's branches helps to reflect
the hot sun's rays. More about this plant on www.kew.org

Related object in the collection

Arrow quiver

On display in Room 25

The Quiver tree gets its name from the traditional use of its branches by the indigenous San people to create quivers for their arrows.

Its branches have a soft core which is hollowed out, a hide cap is fitted to each end, then a leather carrying strap completes the production of a durable quiver.

Read more on the collection database


Quiver tree © Richard Wilford, Stephen Ruddy, RBG Kew
Quiver made from wood of the quiver tree © Trustees of the British Museum

Arrow quiver


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