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

Commode, (macassar ebony, ivory), Unidentified Maker, Paris, France, 1920s - 1930s (989.315.16)

Curator, Mona Campbell Curatorship of Decorative Arts

Curator Emeritus (Islamic Art) Retired

Ka Bo Tsang

Research Associate - Retired

Research Projects

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
Roberta Shaw, Theban Tomb #89 Epigraphic Project
Theban Tomb #89 was built by Amenmose who served King Amenhotep III (
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-
Hollow-brick Han tomb reconstruction, Gallery of Chinese Architecture.
During the Han Dynasty, stone and brick tombs of the wealthy were sub
Excavating the Longyadong cave site in 1997
Lower Palaeolithic settlement of the Middle Pleistocene