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Lion’s Head; Historic Syria; 9th–8th centuries BCEIvory, carvedWith permission of the Royal Ontario Museum © ROM
Lion’s Head; Historic Syria; 9th–8th centuries BCE
Ivory, carved
With permission of the Royal Ontario Museum
© ROM
Syria: A Living History
TORONTO, CANADA  •  Aga Khan Museum  •  15 October 2016 - 26 February 2017
 

Stories of conflict and displacement dominate the media and define people’s awareness of the place. Syria: A Living History brings together artifacts and artworks that tell a different story —  over 5,000 years of art highlighting the contributions that the diverse cultures within Syria — Mesopotamian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Persian, Ottoman, and Arab — have made to world heritage.

Exhibition highlights include:

• An eye idol from Tell Brak, Syria, carved around 3,200 BCE;

• A stele with a depiction of a prayer from Tell Halaf, Syria, (10th–9th centuries BCE), still bearing the marks of a Second World War bombing raid in Berlin, Germany;

• Contemporary works by Elias Zayat (b. 1935) and Fateh Moudarres (1922–99) that merge personal experiences with reflections on modern-day Syria.

The historians and curators behind the exhibition include Dr. Filiz Çakır Phillip, Curator, Aga Khan Museum; Professor Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Program of Islamic Art and Architecture, MIT; and Dr. Ross Burns, a historian based in Sydney, Australia. The exhibition showcases objects carefully chosen by Dr. Çakır Phillip in discussion with each partnering institution.



Aga Khan Museum Website


Contact: Aga Khan Museum
77 Wynford Drive
Toronto, Ontario M3C 1K1
Canada
Tel: (1) 416 646 46 77

Art, Honour, and Ridicule: Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana
TORONTO, CANADA  •  Royal Ontario Museum  •  3 September 2016 - 3 March 2017
 
 
The ROM’s new exhibition, Art, Honour, and Ridicule: Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana takes a historical and contemporary look at Asafo flags. These flags are the insignia created for the numerous military Asafo companies of the Fante states along the coast of Southern Ghana. Historically, Asafo companies were in charge of the safety and protection of the local community as well as warfare. Today they act as the vibrant core of local communities. Their flags depict narratives of pride, wisdom, and defiant messages to enemies and are sacred objects depicting the spirit and history of a company.

Royal Ontario Museum Website


Contact: Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen’s Park, Toronto,
ON  M5S 2C6
Tel: (1) 416 586 80 00



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