Middle School (6-8),High School (9-12),College and Beyond
Page from a manuscript of the Koran, approx. 1330–1340. Central Asia or Turkey. Manuscript page; Ink, colors and gold on paper. Gift of the Todd Williams Memorial Fund and The Society for Asian Art, B87D7.
The sponsorship of art by monarchs, merchants, and devotees throughout Asia will be explored. Lectures will focus on topics spanning Chinese patronage from ancient times through several of the most famous imperial dynasties (Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing) to Jayavarman VII (Angkor Wat), the Safavids in Persia, Jahanara Begum (Shah Jahan's daughter), and even contemporary patrons like the Samsung family.
40–45 min. The lesson can take 15 min. for the teacher to summarize and read the exhibition introduction and to give the worksheet for a homework assignment; or 40–45 min. of classroom discussion and group work.
Students will gain an appreciation of the great lengths the people of Afghanistan took to prevent theft and destruction of their national treasures while the country was under siege by the Soviets and by the Taliban.