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Monthly Archive: December

Go with the Flow: Technology & Early Glass

Posted: August 5, 2016 - 15:04 , by Robert Mason
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Six-handled green glass jar - Blown glass with trailed handles, Syria - Late Roman - c. 300-425 AD, ROM #909.3.41   - The Walter Massey Collection - Height 12.9cm  Width 9.4cm  Diameter 7.6cm. ROM Photography.

Glass is probably the most fluid of solids. Looking at blown glass, such as that in the ROM's Chihuly exhibition, is like watching movement made still. If you look carefully at the handles of the perfectly preserved handles of this Roman glass vase from Syria (above), it looks as though it is still a fluid, still dynamically moving along its flow. In a way, that is because it is. Glass essentially has the atomic structure of a fluid, but it has been so rapidly cooled that it is essentially stuck in that condition. 
 

Tattoos: Japan

Posted: August 4, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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painted image of a man holding a tree with Japanese characters on the side

Guest blog by Asato Ikeda, Curator (Bishop White Postdoctoral Fellow of Japanese Art).

Blue Whale Research

Posted: August 2, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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A photograph of a woman holding a bone of a blue whale.

Scientific study and preservation continue for the ROM’s Blue Whale

The Tattoo Hunter

Posted: July 28, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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A man in a green shirt and blue bandana taking a selfie with a Makonde tattoo master

Guest blog by Doug Wallace

Anthropologist Lars Krutak has documented the tattoo traditions of Indigenous people all over the world, from the Amazon to the high Arctic.

New Acquisitions: Screening Process

Posted: July 26, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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A woman measuring an ancient Japanese print

Ever wonder what the process is whenever the ROM gets a new acquisitions? Well wonder no more! Here is the general process of how the ROM screens new acquisitions.

Profile: Canada's First Lady of Literature

Posted: July 25, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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A woman in a pink shirt and a scarf taking a selfie reflection in a convex mirror with a man in a black shirt and glasses

Eleanor Wachtel is a Canadian writer and broadcaster, and host of the CBC Radio’s popular literary show Writers & Company. Over the 26 years Wachtel has been hosting her show, she has interviewed some of the most compelling figures in Canadian literature, including Saul Bellow, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje, and Mordecai Richler. Wachtel is renowned for turning the traditional interview into an in-depth portrait of her subject.

Tattoos: 7 Common Styles

Posted: July 21, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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The Tattoos exhibition features many different kinds of tattoos both historical and contemporary. There are seven basic contemporary tattoo styles listed below. Let us know in the comments if you have ink that fit in one of these styles. 

1. Japanese  

Tattoo of a Japanese styled dragon on an arm

Often derived from watercolour inspired artwork, as well as word and phrase tattoos.

Exhibit A: Light of the Desert Cerussite Gem

Posted: July 19, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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A diamond like gemstone on a black background

At 900 carats, this magnificent gemstone is the world's largest faceted specimen of the mineral cerussite.

Chihuly Around the World

Posted: July 18, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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Three men in a glass-blowing workshop

Chihuly’s permanent installations appear all over the world. 

High-Tech Biodiversity

Posted: July 15, 2016 - 09:00 , by Brittany Budani
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Woman in a blue shirt looking at plants in a forest

The Bog Copper story and the power of citizen science