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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


Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan

19 July – 21 October 2007

Exhibition closed

Room 35

Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan features some of the most beautiful Japanese art crafts produced during the past fifty years including ceramics, textiles, lacquer, metal, wood, bamboo, glass and dolls.

The exhibition presents works by members of the Japan Art Crafts Association (Nihon Ko - geikai), many of them designated ‘Living National Treasures’, a title conferred by the Japanese government on individuals who carry on Japanese traditions. Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan will demonstrate how the beauty, skill and modernity found in these contemporary pieces draws on the strength of traditional craft skills.

Ornamental box in a flowing design

Ornamental box in a flowing design, lacquer on wood using red lacquer (sekishitsu), 1957. On loan from the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.