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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


Korean Moon Jar

20 September – 21 October 2007

Exhibition closed

Room 3

The Asahi Shimbun Displays
Objects in focus

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This display focuses on the Moon Jar, a rare voluminous white porcelain jar made in early 18th-century Korea. It is one of only 20 remaining in the world and is a stunning example of the simple beauty of Korean porcelain. In 1935 it was brought back from Korea by the father of British studio pottery, Bernard Leach, and it has been a great influence on modern artists in both East and West.

The British Museum acquired the jar in 1999 and it has since become one of the Museum’s iconic objects.

White porcelain 'moon jar'

White porcelain 'moon jar'. From Korea. Choson dynasty, 17th-18th century AD