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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


Gallery talk
Buddhism in South East Asia

Friday 11 January,
Room 33
Free, just drop in

Recommend this event

A gallery talk by Alexandra Green, Department of Asia.

Gallery talks last 45 minutes.

They are given by Museum staff or guest speakers and are suitable for all levels of knowledge.

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Figure (Vairocana). Crowned and ornamented Vairocana seated on the double lotus base with the throne-back. Made of bronze.