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The best of Asian art at the tip of your fingers for use in the classroom or at home.
104 Lessons and Activities 281 Artworks 401 Videos 174 Background Information


Brushpainting Activity
Lesson or Activity

Learn from the masters and create your own masterpiece with this interactive brushpainting activity.

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In the Spotlight

Munira Shamin

Inspired by the British Museum’s video Hajj Stories, staff at the Asian Art Museum asked Bay Area Muslims who have performed the hajj to share experiences of their journeys.

Story of the Month

Samurai and Storyteller

Asian Art Museum Storyteller, Ann Riley, tells a story about a samurai and a storyteller.

On the Blog

Visualizing Consciousness: Hybrids, Fractals, and Ritual

Posted on September 2, 2014 - 9:00am
Enter the Mandala gallery view

Mandalas are geometric maps of Vajrayana Buddhist visionary worlds. Whether painted or sculpted, they typically consist of nested squares and circles whose fractal geometries define the center of the cosmos and the four cardinal directions. Minutely detailed and saturated with philosophical meaning, mandalas are a feast for the eyes and the mind.

For Buddhist meditators, however, mandalas are not just images to view, but worlds to enter. To work with a mandala, practitioners first re-create it in their mind’s eye, and then imaginatively enter its world.