Senet is an ancient Egyptian board game that is being played all week at the ROM. I got curious and looked it up in my handy dandy dictionary, it seems like it was the name; I thought it would mean something else ha.
I’m volunteering for most of the week at the ROM so come and find me. The theme for the holiday is Toys, Games and Gatherings so they’re showcasing games and activities from all over the world and across history. More info can be found here. I’m helping out with promoting a new App called ScopifyROM but I’ll there :)
Things I’ve learned from playing Senet:
- Gorgeous game that reminds me how much I miss LOST.
- It takes forever to play. So would be a great game for the afterlife.
Also, everyone needs to check out Scopify! It’s a free app, and you get to see inside a cat mummy, and put skin on to a Futalognkosaurus! You might also just meet Samantha and Kelsey while you’re at it!
— Kiron/ROMKids (@ROMKids)
Liz Butler Draws The ROM: Ancient Egypt!
This week I traveled to the Galleries of Africa, to learn about the special relationship that ancient Egyptians shared with an animal that may be very familiar to you – the cat! Ancient Egyptians revered cats, and depicted their likeness on all manner of objects, from the sacred to the everyday. Ancient Egyptians felt that cats held such importance that they even mummified cats after death!
I drew two different cat mummies while I was at the Museum this week. Both mummies are still wrapped in linens, but one of the mummies has lost its face covering. From the cat mummy with the covering intact, a viewer can see the special care that went into decorating these small mummies – the embalmer painted eyes and facial markings on the covering, mimicking the patterns of living cats.
I also drew a small bronze figure of a cat, used as a ceremonial standard in religious events. See if you can find this standard when you visit the museum (keep a sharp eye – it’s tiny)!
- Learn more about our special cat mummy case on temporary display HERE!
- Liz Butler is an artist and teacher who loves natural history and museums. She loves drawing, painting, and making crafts of all kinds. She is happiest when she can find ways to combine art projects with science content.
- Liz’s Website – Liz Butler Draws
- Liz’s Blog – Saw Whet Studio
- More guest posts from Liz HERE!
- Do you like to sketch? Love museums? Are you a full time student in Canada? The ROM is yours to explore, FREE, every Tuesday! MORE!
Guest Post By Liz Butler. Last Updated: October 14th, 2013.
Q:How long will the cat's tomb be at the ROM?
Walk like an Egyptian, ROM style!
Big things are coming to the ROM this weekend! We’re getting ready for Ancient Egyptian Weekend with loads of activities planned. In fact, we recently received a visit from a film crew, recording our prep work for this weekend. Our great leader Kiron was flawless on camera, Chris was spot on when it came to improv, and yours truly, was an excellent bystander #2. So to all the casting directors out there, I make a fantastic extra on the set.
Our intern Rachel is the best at prepping programs. So good they filmed her work for Ancient Egypt Weekend! twitter.com/ROMKids/status…— Kiron/ROMKids (@ROMKids)
The film crew came to record Chris and Kiron complete their Egyptian weekend experiment. It’s really cool; I can’t really talk about it too much since it’s a bit of a surprise, but all will be revealed this weekend. So if you want to know what they’re keeping in the dark…. Come out this weekend and find out!
Aside from the reveal, we have a number of activities planned and crafts for children of all ages (by the end of the day you might dress like one too *hint hint*), like writing in hieroglyphs, making a broad collar (like I’m wearing!) and exploring our archaeology dig. That is only the beginning, there is so much more to see and do. If you like, you can even “Walk like an Egyptian” (throw back to the 80s)!
I’ve been practicing my hieroglyphic calligraphy, and I can say with great confidence, if I was an Ancient Egyptian, I would have had horrible penmanship. This weekend is building up to be one of the biggest events yet. Heck, I’m going to be there, so come out and say hi, and learn something new about the Ancient Egyptians!
And since Father’s Day is coming soon, I shall leave you with a Father’s Day themed joke…
Why were Egyptian princes so confused? Because their fathers were mummies! (groans)
- MORE on @ROMAncient’s June 1/2 Ancient Egypt Weekend!
- Rachel is currently finishing up her Education degree from Trent University by completing her internship with ROMKids. With her background in Archaeology and Education, she is all prepared for her eventual time travel experiences. Check out the rest of her posts HERE.