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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


Fascination with Nature:
Birds, flowers and insects in Chinese art

10 January – 5 August 2008

Exhibition closed

Room 91

The works in this display show the importance of bird, flower and insect motifs in Chinese art. The exhibition is a unique opportunity to view Chinese depictions of nature – the paintings are extremely fragile and can only be displayed for short periods of time.

Books related to the exhibition

First Masterpiece of Chinese Painting, by Shane McCausland
Chinese Art, by Jessica Rawson
Chinese Art in Detail, by Carol Michaelson and Jane Portal
Flowers, by Marjorie Caygill
Birds, by Mavis Pilbeam

Detail from a handscroll entitled Fascination of Nature

Detail from a handscroll entitled Fascination of Nature. Painted by Xie Chufang, ink and colour on silk. From China, AD 1321.