Monthly Archive: December ROM
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.
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.
This guest post was written by Rajarshi Sengupta, ROM IARTS fellow 2017/18.
Written by Mark Bernards, Environmental Visual Communications student
“Chintz… the exotic fabric from India that caught Europe’s fancy… So popular it was banned in England and France… Revolutionized Europe’s textile printing industry.”
Thus exclaimed the brochure that accompanied the ROM’s landmark exhibition, ‘The Origins of Chintz’, which opened in April, 1970, now nearly fifty years ago. Occupying the whole of the central ground gallery, known today as Currelly’s Court, the exhibition displayed nearly 100 towering examples of Indian ‘chintz’.
ROM Natural History staff often receive specimens for identification.
In entomology, they frequently receive and identify common household pests, however, they recently received something a little bit more unusual. A community centre in the city, operating an Aquaponics lab, sent in a sample of some tiny, mysterious critters they found on the roots of their plants. Concerned they may be causing the plants harm, they were hoping the staff at the ROM could give them some insight as to what they were.