Monthly Archive: December
February 12, 2021, marks the beginning of the year of the ox牛, the second animal in the Chinese zodiac. While people born in the year of the ox are said to be docile, they are also said to be stubborn.
January 25, 2020, marks the beginning of the Year of the Rat 鼠, the first animal in the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese character shu 鼠can refer to both the rat or mouse. In the traditional Chinese calendar, each year bears an animal zodiac symbol. People born in a specific year are thought to have attributes of that year’s animal.
Burial figure of a calendrical rat, China, moulded earthenware, Han Dynasty, 206 BC-220 AD, 24.8 × 6.9 cm
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji‘un
The above Arabic phrase is derived from the Qur’an (2:156), the Holy Book of all Muslims, which translates as ‘Indeed, to God we belong and to God we shall return.’ It is commonly recited by Muslims across the world upon hearing news that a person has died.
Art & Culture Internship Program
Department of Art & Culture OfAfrica Internship for Undergraduate and Graduate Students - Fall & Winter 2019-2020
About the Department of Art & Culture
Joe Moysiuk – Phd Student & Vanier Scholar, Royal Ontario Museum & University of Toronto
Some of the most noticeable objects in the ROM's Wirth Gallery of The Middle East are two friezes of tiles that would have been in the spandrels of arches. These were made in Iran in the last third of the 17th century under the Safavid dynasty, probably for a palatial building in Isfahan. The ROM also has parts of other spandrel friezes, and also some stray tiles that belong to yet other friezes. In order to understand these objects more fully, ROM staff have been undertaking research on the tiles.
(written by Min Wong, member of ROMForYou, Friends of Earth and Space, Friends of Paleontology)