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The Monastery of St Moses, Syria: The Cave Survey

Posted: July 11, 2014 - 12:20 , by Robert Mason
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This cave would have been a home for one of the monks of the Deir Mar Musa community, the wall at the front of the photograph shows that they had a small terrace outside the cave, either for a living area or for growing food.

The monastery at Deir Mar Musa would not have just comprised the main buildings, the monks would actually have been dispersed in hermitages across the landscape.

Nail Art: Then and Now

Posted: July 9, 2014 - 11:29 , by Amanda Girgis
Empress Dowager Cixi, Image by Jung Chang

Women have grown, groomed and decorated their fingernails for over 5000 years – From the women of Ancient Egypt to the nail salon industry that flourished during the 80s and 90s, nail trends have had authority over beauty regimes across regions and eras. By the late 20th century manicured fingernails would become a sign of the leisure class among many different cultures.  Grooming your fingernails parallels the act of using cosmetics, it exhibits self-expression and character.

Call To Toronto Artists!

Posted: July 9, 2014 - 10:47 , by Jaime Clifton-Ross

A call for artist submissions to the Animating Historic Sites and Museums program.

Origins of a Collection: A look at R.S. Williams' Historic Musical Instruments

Posted: July 7, 2014 - 12:42 , by Jaime Clifton-Ross
European Music Book. Detail. 1835.

Have you ever wondered how museums collect their treasured artefacts? You probably know that many objects are generously donated to such cultural centres. But do you know the story or the provenance (the record of origin and history of ownership) behind these objects? The ROM is full of interesting acquisition stories—many of which can be found in the Curatorial departments and the Library & Archives. This is just one…

 

The Monastery of St Moses, Syria: The Frescoes

Posted: July 4, 2014 - 12:26 , by Robert Mason
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The fresco of the Last Judgement on the West wall of the chapel at Deir Mar Musa.

The third in a series on the monastery of St Moses in Syria comprises a detailed examination of the important cycle of 11th-12th century frescoes found in the chapel.

Triceratops Dig Week 2: June 20 - June 27

Posted: July 3, 2014 - 16:14 , by David Evans
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ROM Palaeo team working in the Triceratops quarry.

@ROMPalaeo Triceratops Dig Week 2: June 20-June 27

Plant Sex on Display at the World Pride FNL "OUT of the Cupboards" Event

Posted: July 3, 2014 - 15:12 , by Ryan Godfrey
Sign for the botany table in the Schad Gallery for the "OUT of the cupboards" event

On Friday June 27th, I manned the Botanical Battlestation in the Schad Gallery for a Friday Night Live feast of strange, symbolic and sexual plant specimens.

The Monastery of St Moses, Syria: The Pottery

Posted: June 29, 2014 - 09:38 , by Robert Mason
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Pottery with an earthenware fired-clay body, overall white slip, incision through the slip with a broad tool, overall lead glaze, splashed with copper-green, probably mid-14th century.

Despite there being almost 1,400 years of occupation at Deir Mar Musa, strangely the overwhelming majority of the pottery found at the site can be assigned to the "Mamluk" period. The period of Mamluk rule in Greater Syria (1260-1516) generally reflects an archaeological horizon that post-dates the destruction of the great ceramic production centre at al-Raqqa,  and Eastern Syria became a wasteland on the border with the Mongol Ilkhanate dynasty of Iran, leaving Damascus as the sole producer of elite quality under-glaze painted stone-paste bodied ceramics.

Celebrate Canada Day with Maple Syrup!

Posted: June 26, 2014 - 11:38 , by Jaime Clifton-Ross
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Maple leaf on forest floor; http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Maple_leaf.jpg#file

In celebration of Canada Day and Canadian Heritage Week (July 1st - July 7th) this post will relfect on the rich heritage and history embedded within our maple leaf. 

Fashion Follows Form: A lesson from The Devil Wears Prada

Posted: June 24, 2014 - 15:22 , by Amanda Girgis
Separating Leather Jacket. IZ Adaptive Clothing. Photo by Adrienne Mountain

Fashion forms culture, history and identity – and likewise fashion can be formed by its function in our daily lives. Our new exhibition, Fashion Follows Form invites Members to think critically about the relationship between function and fashion, in particular it’s inclination to favour form over function.