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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


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Community partnerships

The community partnerships team are keen to work with community-based organisations who are interested in engaging with African heritage

Exhibition preview

Exhibition previews are great opportunities to see the Museum's special exhibitions in a friendly and relaxed environment. If you work with a local group and would like to find out more about the exhibition previews, please email communities@britishmuseum.org

Thank you

The British Museum would like to thank the following individuals for the expertise and advice they provided during community consultation meetings about the exhibition: Erel Onyecherelam, Nkechi Ebite, Dipo Ajani, Chinyelu Oranefo, Mykaell Riley, Kelly Foster, Susan-Louise Okereke, Peter Okoye, Matthew Gansallo, Godfrey Abeshin, Julius Jegede, Sarita Mamseri, Symeon Brown.


Head, Ife, Ita Yemoo, terracotta, 12th-14th century

Image right: Head with elaborate crown, Ife, Ita Yemoo, terracotta, 12th-14th 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.

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Additional support provided by

The A.G. Leventis Foundation