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Gallery of Africa, the Americas & Asia-Pacific opens
Mar '08
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is pleased to present the Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific on April 5, 2008 in the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal.

Named in honour of Shreyas and Mina Ajmera, in appreciation of their generous support of Renaissance ROM and the Royal Ontario Museum, this Level 3 gallery will highlight the ROM's vast and diverse collections that represent the artistic and cultural traditions of indigenous peoples from Africa, the American continents, the Asia-Pacific region and Oceania.

This is the first permanent home for these collections in over 30 years, with many of the more than 1,400 artifacts on display for the first time. On the same day, the Museum unveils the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume on Level 4. The opening of these final two galleries completes the permanent collection galleries of the Lee-Chin Crystal.

Spanning nearly 2,000 years, the artifacts reveal aspects of spiritual and everyday life, clothing, commerce, sacred and secular ritual, and art of indigenous cultures. Divided into four geographical areas, the Ajmera Gallery's themes are based on the strengths of the ROM's extensive World Cultures collections.

Rich with symbols of heritage and identity that continue to have meaning today, this gallery presents objects ranging from large and dramatic ceremonial masks and colourful robes to archaeological objects such as ceramics and basketry. The collections were gathered between the late 19th century to the present and represent some of the Museum's founding collections.

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