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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 398 Videos 174 Background Information

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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

Roads of Arabia
Video

An enticing look at the ancient past of the Arabian Peninsula, Roads of Arabia features artworks—most of them recently excavated—that trace historic trade routes and pilgrimage roads stretching from Yemen in the south to Iraq and Mediterranean cultures in the north. 

Story of the Month

Heike
Video

Learn more about the famous samurai story, the Tale of the Heike and hear Asian Art Museum Storyteller, Leta Bushyhead, tell an excerpt from the tale. This video include artworks from the Asian Art Museum's collection.

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.