ROM World Art & Culture

The ROM is home to one of the world’s most extensive and eclectic collections of art and other cultural and historical objects. The scale of our collection is enormous, with tens of thousands of artifacts from the Cradle of Civilization in the Fertile Crescent, where the Tigris and Euphrates rivers meet, ancient Cycladic, Minoan and Mycenaean cultures, Classical Greece, Ancient Rome, Byzantium, ancient China Japan, Korea, South Asian and more contemporary eras. In a phrase, the entire sweep of human history. A unique portal for understanding human thought and experience globally, the Centre of Discovery for World Art & Culture offers a view of the world through the lens of millennia of visual arts and material culture.

As the product of human invention, the fine arts and design in various media, popular arts, functional objects and the built environment are a direct extension of human thought and experience, shaping and reflecting historical and cultural identities. The work of the Centre is to engage our visitors and help you examine the complex and fascinating histories of different regions and different epochs, and to relate these explorations to our contemporary experience.


ROM Staff

Dr. Wen Chen Cheng

Curator (Louise Hawley Stone Chair of Far Eastern Art)

Kenneth Lister

Assistant Curator (Arctic, Subarctic & Native Watercraft)

Dr. Deepali Dewan, 2013. Photo Thy Phu.

Senior Curator (South Asian Arts & Culture)

Research Projects

Excavation scene at Meroe, Sudan, Africa, 2001
Excavation, conservation and restoration of the capital of Kush
Roberta Shaw, Theban Tomb #89 Epigraphic Project
Theban Tomb #89 was built by Amenmose who served King Amenhotep III (
Excavating the Wanghailuo site in 2001
Upper Palaeolithic microblade technology
Front and verso of Carte-de-visite of Nazir Jaan tawaif of Gwalior, by Mushkooroodowlah, albumen print mounted on board, Lucknow, India, 1860s-1880s, 2007.17.1.91. Cyrus and Ruth Jhabvala Collection. This acquisition was made possible by the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust.
Inspired by an album of 168 cartes-de-visite of courtesans from
Pavilion in Agra Fort, by Deen Dayal (1844-1905), in View of India album, c. 1886-1887, albument print, 2004.31.1.3. This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust.
This project analyses the photographic work of Raja Deen Dayal (1844-