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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

 

The Printed Image
in China:
from the 8th to
the 21st centuries

6 May – 5 September 2010
Free

Exhibition closed

Room 90-91

This exhibition displays the world's earliest dated woodblock print on paper. It presents a history of 1,300 years of Chinese printing using the Museum’s collection, one of the finest and most comprehensive outside Asia.

Printing was invented in China around AD 700, creating the longest history of printing in the world. Prints were used in China in different cultural contexts and played an important role in Chinese civilisation.

The exhibition presents for the first time the extraordinary range and quality of the Museum’s collection through a selection of around 120 images from the 8th century AD to the 21st century.

It covers the diverse range of subjects, print methods and uses from the earliest Buddhist prints and imperial engravings to popular prints used in festivals and 21st-century works.

Bird and Bambooe
  • 1

    Bird and Bamboo from Ten Bamboo Studio Collection of Calligraphy and Painting. Ming dynasty, Chongzhen period, c. 1633. Multicoloured woodblock print on paper. Nanjing, Jiangsu province.

  • 2

    Chatting over Tea, 1984. Wu Jide. Multi-block woodcut print with water-soluble ink on paper. Reproduced with the permission of the artist.

  • 3

    Flower basket. Qing dynasty, first half of eighteenth century. Multicoloured woodblock print in ink on paper. Jinchang district, Suzhou, Jiangsu province.

  • 4

    Morning on the Huangpu River, 1962. Shao Keping (b. 1916). Woodblock print, oil-based ink and colours on paper. © Shao Keping. Reproduced with the permission of the artist.

  • 5

    Iris and Rock from Mustard Seed Garden Painting Manual, Part III. Qing Dynasty, Kangxi period, c. 1701. Multicoloured woodblock print on paper. Nanjing, Jiangsu province.

  • 6

    Rise–in-rank Military Door Guard. Qing dynasty, eighteenth century. Woodblock print in ink and colour on paper. Suzhou, Jiangsu province.

  • 7

    One Hundred Children. Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, dated 1743.
    Hanging scroll: multicoloured woodblock print made from three blocks, some colours applied with stencils and a brush. Taohuawu, Suzhou, Jiangsu province.

  • 8

    Relieve the Wounded soldiers, 1942. Liu Lun (b. 1913). Woodblock print in ink and light colour on paper.

  • 9

    Sunrise on Nanhu, Woodblock print. Shi Handing (b.1930). Ink and colour on paper.

Bird and Bamboo from Ten Bamboo Studio Collection of Calligraphy and Painting. Ming dynasty, Chongzhen period, c. 1633. Multicoloured woodblock print on paper. Nanjing, Jiangsu province.