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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


The art of peace:
Paintings by the poet Tagore

14 September – 12 November 2006

Exhibition closed

Room 3

Supported by the Mayor of London

The Asahi Shimbun Displays
Objects in focus

Supported by

Part of the Voices of Bengal season

Paintings form the focus of this introduction to the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941). The first Asian writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, Tagore is best known today as a writer, poet and composer, especially in the Indian subcontinent. It is less well known that he was also a painter of considerable individuality. The paintings in this display are from the collections of the British Museum and have never previously been shown.

Untitled, painting by Rabindranath Tagore

Untitled, painting by Rabindranath Tagore, late 1920s.