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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


12 May – 10 July 2011

Room 3
Open late Fridays

The Asahi Shimbun Displays
Objects in focus

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An introduction to the display

Xu Bing: Background Story 7

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Video: front view

Watch Xu Bing's installation appear.


Video: back view

See how the installation was constructed.