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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!

 

Weapon Wednesday: Frankish "Seax" swords

Posted: October 23, 2013 - 15:28 , by Robert Mason
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In the 3rd century of the current era the term "Frank" was used by Romans and others to describe a group of Germanic tribes living in the Rhine valley. In the 4th century Franks settled within territory ruled by the Romans and were a recognised kingdom. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire the Frankish kingdom under their Merovingian kings spread over all of France (which to this day is named after this confederation of Germans).

Weapon Wednesday: the "djanbīyya" dagger

Posted: October 9, 2013 - 08:43 , by Robert Mason
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Janbīyah from Mughal India (2004x5.151)

The Middle Eastern two-edged curved dagger is one of the most recognizable weapon forms. Typically it is known by the Arab term djanbīyya sometimes Anglicised as "jambiya", or also often the Arabic term khandjar, but these curved daggers are found across the Middle East.

Weapon Wednesday: a Romano-Egyptian sword hilt

Posted: September 25, 2013 - 08:41 , by Robert Mason
Romano-Egyptian sword hilt number 910.175.328 (ROM Photography)

Every Wednesday we highlight a weapon, or possibly a depiction of weapons, from the ROM collection.

Weapon Wednesday

Posted: September 18, 2013 - 08:30 , by Robert Mason
Sword of Babylonian King Marduk-shapik-zeri, 1081-1069 BC

Weapons are one of the most politically-incorrect subjects there are, associated with brutality and violence. But they are also important, and have often defined the cultures that made them....

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.....

Veni, Vidi, Vici - A Weekend to Remember

Posted: June 25, 2013 - 14:07 , by Kate Cooper

Now that Ancient Rome and Greece Weekend is over the interns reflect on their experiences.....

Re-enactment, Archaeology, and the Ancient Rome & Greece Weekend V of IV: The Final Story

Posted: June 18, 2013 - 14:50 , by Robert Mason

Ancient Rome & Greece Weekend is over, and I thought I would show you the results of my attempt to create a recreation, re-enactment, or impression of a soldier from Dura-Europos (so this is not really one of the original IV, so to speak, hence it is V of IV). In the group above you can see me on the left, with members of the University of Toronto's Hart House Archery Club, who collectively constitute the ROM's 3rd century Roman army (or ROMan army - it being the ROM, we are posing in front of a dinosaur).