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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.

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Gods, Guardians and Immortals:
Chinese religious paintings

8 February – 5 August 2007

Exhibition closed

Room 91

This exhibition displays art from the diverse religious traditions of China.

Chinese people have long taken a practical approach to religions and philosophies and many believe in aspects of Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism - the Three Teachings. People take elements of various religions and apply them to different areas of their lives.

The paintings in this exhibition are rarely on public display, some were stored away for safety for hundreds of years. They are extremely fragile and can only be exposed to the light for short periods.

This exhibition of Chinese paintings is the second in a series of five. The next, Fragile Nature, will open in Spring 2008.

Vajrapani, ink and colours on silk

Vajrapani, ink and colours on silk. From Cave 17, Mogao, near Dunhuang, Gansu province, China, late 9th century AD