June 2018

Monthly Archive: June 2018

Safavid Tile Project II: Rebuilding the Friezes

Posted: June 26, 2018 - 12:28 , by Robert Mason
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976.298.123 Tiled arch frieze of dragon-slaying scene, made in Isfahan, Iran, Safavid Period 17th century AD; here photographed in the old ROM Islamic gallery

The ROM's Wirth Gallery of The Middle East is blessed with two complete friezes of cuerda seca 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 in Isfahan. They were bought by the ROM in 1974 by Curator Lisa Golombek together with a number of other tiles that make up parts of these friezes, or sometimes individual tiles.

Safavid Tile Project I: The Technology

Posted: June 26, 2018 - 12:27 , by Robert Mason
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976.298.6-47 one of the ROM's complete Safavid tile friezes, of a picnic scene, photographed here in the old ROM galleries from the 1980's.

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.

The Healing Power of Dinosaurs: A look at Dinosaur Day at The Hospital for Sick Children

Posted: June 20, 2018 - 16:44 , by admin
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Photo of a girl at Sick Kids doing a dinosaur craft. Photo credit Mark Bernards3

Written by Min Wong, Outreach Volunteer, Member of Friends of Palaeontology