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Thurs: 1 PM–8 PM
Fri–Mon: 10 AM–5 PM
Tue–Wed: Closed
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Thurs: 1—7:30 PM
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200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.581.3500
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China

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Artwork

Whirling Snow on the River Bank

Whirling Snow on the River Bank, 1639, by Lan Ying (1585–1664). China; Ming dynasty (136–1644). Hanging scroll; ink on silk. Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Mrs. Austin Hills, B69D56.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

Activity

Design an Auspicious Hairpin

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

Video

From State to Empire

An animated map and timeline overview of the rise of the First Emperor and the expansion of the state of Qin in ancient China.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)

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Mapping Chinese Dynastic History and art from 960 to Present

Note: This video does not include audio.
The exhibition, “Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei” at the Asian Art Museum (from 6/17-9/18/16) focuses on Chinese imperial taste over more than 1,000 years, during which Chinese political borders changed dramatically. This video highlights some of those changes.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Casting Bronze Vessels: The Piece-mold Process (no audio)

Discover how an ancient bronze vessel in the shape of a rhinoceros from Shang-dynasty China may have been created via a piece-mold technique.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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The Dragon's Pearl

Asian Art Museum Storyteller, Miriam Mills, tells a story that explains why dragons are often depicted holding or chasing round objects covered in flames in Chinese art.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8)

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The Great Wall Crumbles at Her Tears

Asian Art Museum Storyteller Leta Bushyhead tells a story about a woman named Meng Juang-nu and the Great Wall of China in the Chinese galleries of the Asian Art Museum.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8)

Activity

Mix and Match Mythical Creature Game

Use animal templates to make a mix and match game where you create new mythical creatures.

GRADE LEVEL: Pre-Kindergarten, Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8)

Background Information

What Are the Main Branches of Buddhism?

Over the centuries, two main branches of Buddhism emerged: a transmission that traveled to Southeast Asia, and a transmission that evolved in East Asia. A further offshoot of the northern transmission also developed. All three branches began in India, and developed further as they moved across Asia.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond
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