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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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Ife remembered

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A poem written and performed by Inua Ellams.
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Professor John Picton and metallurgist Paul Craddock discuss the meaning and the making of the sculptures.
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A special gathering of dignitaries and chiefs to mark the opening of the exhibition.
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An introduction to the exhibition Kingdom of Ife: sculptures from West Africa.
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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