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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


Extended until 4 July 2010

Kingdom of Ife

Sculptures from West Africa

This major exhibition presents exquisite examples of brass, copper, stone and terracotta sculpture from West Africa.

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'Exceptional' ☆☆☆☆☆ Guardian
'Unmissable' Daily Telegraph
'Extraordinary' ☆☆☆☆ The Times

Kingdom of Ife video

A night at the Museum
A poem written
and performed
by Inua Ellams
Watch the video

Image right: Copper head. Found at Wunmonije Compound, Ife, Nigeria.
Late 14th-early 16th century. © Karin L. Wills/Museum for African
Art/National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria.



Co-organised by

Fundación Marcelino Botín Museum for African art

In collaboration with the National Commission
for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria.

Sponsored by


Additional support provided by

The A.G. Leventis Foundation