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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


Modern Syrian art
at the British Museum

4 July 2011 – 9 January 2012

The exhibition is now closed

Recommend this exhibition

This display examines the works of modern Syrian artists in the British Museum’s collection.

It features a range of artists including Fateh Moudarres (1922–1999), one of the most important artists in Syria during the second half of the 20th century. There is also a rare triptych by popular poet Adonis (Ahmad Ali Said, b. 1930), as well as a number of artists’ books inspired by his poetry, works on paper by Marwan (b. 1934) and Youssef Abdelké (b. 1951), a selection of mixed media works by Issam Kourbaj (b. 1963) and a diptych by Sabhan Adam (b. 1972).

Download the display booklet (pdf) 

2 Gouaches on Wooden Board

Fateh Moudarres, Untitled, 2 Gouaches on Wooden Board, 1966 (?), 19.5 x 15.7 cm
Brooke Sewell Permanent Fund