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Out of the Vaults for March Break: Ancient sculpture from Cyprus

Posted: March 15, 2016 - 16:56 , by Kay Sunahara
Archival photo c.1885 of artifacts from Cyprus, Tamassos- Frangissa excavation

Ancient votive sculptures from Cyprus - get the story behind the artifacts you will see in our March Break 2016 galleries this week.

Clay sealings from Edfu, Egypt in the Greek & Roman collection

Posted: February 9, 2016 - 16:35 , by Kay Sunahara
Ptolemaic seal impressions in collection storage drawers

Over a century after they were acquired Ptolemaic artifacts at the Royal Ontario Museum, Greek & Roman collection, get new homes

Digging the ROM

Posted: October 17, 2015 - 22:59 , by Kay Sunahara

On October 17 & 18, the ROM celebrated Archaeology & Artifacts at the Royal Ontario Museum's BIG weekend. Here's a snapshot of activities!

Weapon Wednesday: Pesh Kabz

Posted: July 14, 2015 - 22:07 , by Deepali Dewan

Pesh Kabz daggar with sheath. Steel, jade, stone, water buffalo horn, fabric. 19th century India. 948.1.256a-b. The Collection of the First Lord Kitchener. Currently part of the South Asian Study Collection in the ROM’s Education Department.

Written by Aruna Panday, Ph.D Candidate York University, Co-Chair Friends of South Asia, Department of World Cultures Intern.

A Model Miniature for Pompeii: The House of the Tragic Poet

Posted: June 30, 2015 - 10:07 , by Kay Sunahara
House of the Tragic Poet, Pompeii, ROM miniature model

Behind-the-Scenes at the Royal Ontario Museum's Pompeii in the Shadow of the Volcano exhibit.

A dusty old model of the House of the Tragic Poet in Pompeii is carefully deconstructed in order to craft a new touchable interactive version to be installed in the Pompeii exhibit.

Pompeii in the Shadow of the Volcano

Posted: June 17, 2015 - 16:07 , by Kay Sunahara
Wine Cup (cantharus) from the House of Menander, Pompeii

A quick collection of impressions from opening weekend festivities for the Pompeii exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. Exhibition runs June 13 2015 - January 3rd 2016.

Installing Pompeii

Posted: June 8, 2015 - 17:16 , by Kay Sunahara
Exhibit cases waiting for artifact install - Pompeii at the ROM

A view of behind-the-scenes preparations for a major museum exhibit on the ancient Roman city buried by a volcano in 79 AD

Exhibit in the Making: Pompeii in the Shadow of the Volcano

Posted: June 8, 2015 - 13:36 , by Kay Sunahara
Lead curator Paul Denis in the finished Pompeii exhibit

Behind-the-scenes highlights from a year of exhibit planning at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

Of Africa at the ROM. Exploring the complexity of African and Diasporic experience.

Posted: January 13, 2015 - 12:10 , by Silvia Forni
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The third week of October marked the launch of the three-year multi-platform project Of Africa: a rich and thought-provoking series of talks and performances entitled Histories, Collections, Reflections.

Weapon Wednesday: The Horse

Posted: January 29, 2014 - 14:42 , by Robert Mason
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Frieze from the tomb of Zuo Biao, sandstone 110cm long, dated by inscription to 150 AD, Eastern Han dynasty, Mamaozhuang village, China, # 925.25.22.N

The horse is not just a form of transportation, but is a weapon in itself. The genus Equus is thought to have evolved over 4 million years ago in North America, specialising in being able to eat the grass of the steppelands and run away from predators. North American horses later became extinct, possibly due to hunting by humans, although various species of horse, asses and zebras thrived in the Old World.