A series of lectures in two parts (approx. 45 minutes per part)
The Society for Asian Art's renowned Arts of Asia lecture series will focus on trade roads and sea routes. You will be transported from courts to caravans, from stupas to shipwrecks, from mountain passes and river valleys to open seas. Travel with merchants and monks, monarchs and missionaries and see their riches and relics. Discover ancient ceramics, sculptures, coins, calligraphy, tea wares, textiles and much more.
Torma are butter and roasted barley flour sculptures are a uniquely Tibetan concept and are usually made by teams of monks in preparation for a religious festival. Torma sculptures take many forms. Some look like stupas, others take the form of Penden Lhamo’s mule, others look like mandalas, others are abstract floral offerings, others are like flaming daggers. In this activity, students will create a sculpture in the style of a Tibetan torma. Students can take their inspiration from a Tibetan art work they have seen or create their own.
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.
Middle School (6-8),High School (9-12),College and Beyond
The Buddhist deity Simhavaktra Dakini. Qing dynasty (1644-1911), Reign of the Qianlong Emperor (1736-1795). China, Beijing or vicinity, Hebei province. Lacquered and gilded wood inlaid with semiprecious stones. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60S600.