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The legend of Krishna has inspired Hindu art, poetry, music and philosophy for more than 2,000 years. This packet highlights the celebrated legend of this Hindu god as depicted in South Asian painting.
Explore the basic tenets and influences of Hinduism and Buddhism throughout Asia.
This packet was produced to accompany the exhibition India: A Celebration, shown at the Asian Art Museum in fall 1997.
In this unit, students are introduced to the basic background of Balinese Hinduism and to one of its main texts, the Ramayana.
This packet is designed to give an introduction to the world of Indonesian three-dimensional rod puppet theater (wayang golek) and to the stories told in performances using these puppets. Stories include Islamic and Javanese historical tales as well as Indonesian versions of the Ramayana, the epic story of the hero Rama.
This packet, developed in conjunction with the special exhibition Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul, examines the nation’s role as a both a cultural hub and a connecting point along the Silk Road.
Using objects from the traveling exhibition Empire of the Sultans: Ottoman Art from the Khalili Collection, this packet provides an overview of Islam and Islamic art during the Ottoman empire.
Few people are aware that the name Korea is derived from the name of the Goryeo (previously tranliterated as Koryo) dynasty. It was during this period (918–1392) that Korea became known to the world outside East Asia. This packet provides an overview of aspects of Goryeo society and Goryeo Buddhism as depicted in the arts of the period.
This packet introduces teachers and other readers to several traditional settings of Korean culture: Buddhist temples, palaces, and scholar’s houses, as well as Confucian academies where scholars were trained. These settings provide a framework or backdrop for many of the historical art objects on display at the museum.
An historical overview of ancient China — from the Neolithic period (approx. 6,000–2000 BCE) to the end of the Han dynasty (220 CE).
Brushpainting, which includes calligraphy, landscapes, scrolls and fans, has been a major art form throughout Chinese history. This packet explores the history, development and significance of brushpainting in Chinese art. Includes discussion of painting and calligraphy techniques, and a comparison of painting styles.
During the Tang (618–906) and Song (960–1279) dynasties, the Chinese empire enjoyed a blossoming of foreign exchange as trade expanded along the Silk Road and sea routes. In this era China also witnessed the flourishing of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism and saw the development of porcelain making and reproduction printing. This packet examines the trade, commerce, religion, philosophy, literature and art of these dynasties. Student handouts include readings and activities on Tang and Song dynasty literature, art and science.
Learn more about the art of Chinese calligraphy and how contemporary artists are interpreting this ancient art form.
This packet introduces Taoism and its expression in Chinese art.
An examination of the samurai through precious art objects from the Asian Art Museum’s collection.
An in-depth examination of Edo period (1615–1868) Japan, focusing on the flourishing arts of the period.
An exploration of artworks dating from the 1400s to the 1900s that were used in a traditional Japanese tea gathering or chanoyu.
A historical and cultural overview of Edo period (1615–1868) Japan as a context for examining Japanese woodblock prints.