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The exhibition of Viking cultural production now up at the British Museum is replete with axes, swords, helmets, dragon figureheads and, as its centerpiece, a 37-meter-long Viking warship that is the longest ever excavated.None of the helmets in the exhibition is fitted with horns.This is partly what has irked the British media, some of whose reviewers have found the exhibition – given the Vikings' well-earned reputation for rape and pillage – to be a little colorless and bloodless."Vikings" is a joint project of the Danish National Museum, where it opened last year, and Berlin's National Museums, where it travels next.The exhibition differs from the British Museum's last major Viking show in 1980 in having had access to collections that at the time were behind the Iron Curtain. "Vikings: Life and Legend" is up at the British Museum's Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery until 22 June.
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