ROM Research

Monthly Archive: December ROM

The ROM ‘Minoan’ Goddess: The Minoan Relations

Posted: April 8, 2014 - 11:12 , by Kate Cooper
Detail of the head of the ROM 'Minoan' Goddess

After looking at the best known of the dubious ‘Minoan’ figurines (which may be modern) in my last post, here I show some of the genuine Minoan objects discovered in archaeological excavations on Crete.

The ROM ‘Minoan’ Goddess: the Suspect Sisters (and brothers)

Posted: April 7, 2014 - 12:59 , by Kate Cooper
Detail of the head of the ROM 'Minoan' Goddess

The ROM Goddess is just one of the ‘Minoan’ figurines in several museums sometimes thought to be fake.  These two installments of the ROM Minoan Goddess project introduce you to some of the suspected (although not definitively proven) fake figurines, and the genuine Minoan objects that may have inspired them.

ROM ‘Minoan’ Goddess Hangout: battling with technology!

Posted: February 12, 2014 - 17:19 , by Kate Cooper

I’ve just finished a Google+ Hangout talking about the ROM ‘Minoan’ goddess with a colleague and expert in ancient ivory and gold statues, Dr. Kenneth Lapatin.  It was Ken’s research and publications about the suspect Minoan ivory figurines in several museum collections that first prompted the ROM to reconsider the display of their own ‘icon’ (see my blog post for more on this story).

The Evans Connection Part 2: The Minoans Created

Posted: December 31, 2013 - 16:34 , by Kate Cooper

I continue the story which I began in my previous post to show how the British archeologist, Sir Arthur Evans, made his own particular interpretation of the ancient Minoan civilization so popular...

The Evans Connection Part 1: The Minoans Discovered

Posted: December 30, 2013 - 20:39 , by Kate Cooper

I pick up the story of the Ivory ‘Minoan’ Goddess to discuss why the ROM, or indeed anyone, believed that the figurine was genuine (or why she was created, if she is fake). 

Exposing the ROM ‘Minoan’ Goddess

Posted: November 6, 2013 - 13:01 , by Kate Cooper
X-ray image of the ROM goddess (still 'fully' dressed)

I’m very excited to announce that a short video about the ‘Minoan’ Ivory Goddess has just gone live!

 

Objects and stories from Namibia

Posted: September 17, 2013 - 14:40 , by Silvia Forni

Sometimes collections grow out of chance encounters and long distance personal relationships. A couple of years ago, I was put in touch with Nharo!, a Toronto based fair trade company, by my colleague Trudy Nicks, who is a passionate explorer of the CNE international pavilion. Last year, this casual shopping connection, led to the acquisition of a large collection of Himba garments and accessories for the ROM African holdings.

The 'Goddess' and the Museum: "What's in a name?"

Posted: August 9, 2013 - 08:10 , by Kate Cooper
The ROM Ivory 'Minoan' Goddess, 1991

In this third instalment of work on the ROM archives find out why the Ivory 'Minoan' Goddess has held such a lasting fascination.

The 'Goddess' and the Museum: Museum Attitudes

Posted: August 7, 2013 - 08:54 , by Kate Cooper
The ROM ivory and gold figurine on display

In this second instalment of my work on the archives I pick up the story of the ROM’s ‘Minoan’ Ivory Goddess, looking at her fluctuating reputation within the museum itself.

The 'Goddess' and the Museum: The Early Years

Posted: August 6, 2013 - 17:58 , by Kate Cooper
The front pages of The Palace of Minos volume 4, published by Sir Arthur Evans in 1935

Join me in delving into the archives to uncover the story of this iconic object.....