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Bring the ages home from the ROM reproductions shop.

How would you feel about taking home a Chinese government official-dating from 500 CE? Or maybe a colourful palampore textile panel from 1700s-era India would be more your style. Whatever your taste, out-of-the-ordinary home d,cor items are always available at the ROM's Reproductions Shop, allowing savvy shoppers to bring home a piece of the Museum.

For more than 20 years, ROM Repro has produced and sold reproductions and adaptations of the Museum's own artifacts and specimens to remind visitors of their Museum visit. Aside from its exclusive merchandise, the shop is unique in another way-it is the only museum shop of its kind in North America to be run almost entirely by volunteers. Nearly 100 volunteers operate the business. They decide what visitors would treasure from the collections, find local artisans and manufacturers, and work with curators to ensure the products are authentic. Whether you choose a reproduction-a replica of an original in size and appearance, though not necessarily in material or method of manufacture--or an adaptation--a product that may differ from the original in one or more key respects, such as a sculpture made into a pin-each is made to exacting standards.

This summer, ROM Reproductions is offering an exotic line of replica sculptures. Choose from a bust of Egyptian temptress Cleopatra, a Qing dynasty camel, or that elegant government official. ROM Repro also has perennial favourites, such as the Egyptian cat and the Jurassic ichthyosaur. Each ROM reproduction comes with a description that tells the story of the object's history-making these works not only unique adornments but conversation pieces as well.

Orange and red are hot for spring, and the shop is offering reproductions of an on-trend but oh-so-ageless orange-glazed tea bowl from late 18th to 19th century Japan and a spectacular red Ming bowl.

Look for new lines of jewellery and textiles as well as an entire collection of ever-popular William Morris products in rose or tulip designs-tote bags, tea towels, umbrellas, scarves, and more.

All proceeds go to support the ROM's collections. Shopping has never been more guilt-free.
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Date:Jun 22, 2008
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