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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

 

Ice Age art
arrival of
the modern
mind

Now until 2 June 2013
Advance tickets sold out

Limited walk-up tickets available on the day

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Ice Age art exhibition

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An exhibition 40,000 years
in the making.

☆☆☆☆☆ ’The exhibition everyone should see’
The Times

‘Not even Leonardo surpassed this’
The Guardian

 

 

Adults £10, Members free

Advance tickets are sold out, but a limited number of tickets are available on the day

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About the exhibition

Masterpieces from the last Ice Age

Created between 40,000 and 10,000 years ago by artists with modern minds like our own, this is a unique opportunity to see the world's oldest known sculptures, drawings and portraits.

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The female gaze

The female perspective

Curator Jill Cook and artist Ghislaine Howard explore representations of the female form in Ice Age and contemporary art.

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Discover Ice Age art

Explore object themes

Discover more about the themes from the exhibition including the female figure, imagination and abstraction.

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Visiting

The British Museum at night

Open daily 10.00–17.00,
Fridays until 20.30

Book tickets  Friday lates  
Access  Getting here   

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School visits

The British Museum at night

Free sessions, visits and resources for schools

Excellent opportunities to explore Ice Age art and the techniques of mark making and modelling.

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Products

Ice Age product range

Stag napkins box set, £45

A box set of four linen blend napkins with a hand-printed stag design.


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Loan objects

Female figure sculpted from steatite. Found at Grimaldi, Italy, about 20,000 years old. Musée d'Archéologie nationale. © Photo RMN/Jean-Gilles Berizzi

A number of objects borrowed for this exhibition will be recommended for protection under Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (protection of cultural objects on loan).

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