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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


3 October 2013 – 5 January 2014
Parental guidance advised

Supported by Shunga in Japan LLP

Part of Japan400

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Exhibition supporters

Asaki Masakatsu and Uragami Mitsuru of Shunga in Japan LLP are proud to sponsor Shunga: sex and pleasure in Japanese art, an exhibition of major historical significance in the study of Japanese art.

Shunga, Japanese erotic art created in the Edo period from 1600–1868, is a genre that has received increasing appreciation in recent years having been considered a taboo subject in Japan for most of the twentieth century. Even today shunga is still not displayed in Japanese public museums, therefore it is with great pleasure that Mr Asaki and Mr Uragami are partnering with the British Museum and SOAS to bring about this culturally significant exhibition. They hope that their support will encourage further scholarly study of shunga and enable visitors to the exhibition to enjoy and appreciate the work in the generous spirit of laughter in which it was created.