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Thurs: 1 PM–8 PM
Fri–Mon: 10 AM–5 PM
Tue–Wed: Closed
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Fri-Mon: 10 AM—4:30 PM
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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New Year's Celebrations: China

Rituals and traditions of the Chinese Lunar New Year.

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

Background Information

Buddhism in the Tang (618–906) and Song (960–1279) Dynasties

Buddhism was founded in northern India in the sixth century BCE. Most historians believe it was introduced to China in approximately the second century by means of monks and traders along the Silk Road.

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

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China's Terracotta Army

In groups, students will research and present information about the First Emperor’s accomplishments and legacy.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)

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Central Asian wine peddler, approx. 618–906

Central Asian wine peddler, approx. 618–906. China, Henan province. Molded and sculpted earthenware figure with three-color glaze. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60P521.

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

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The Development of Landscape Painting in China: The Song (960–1279) through the Ming (1368-1644) Dynasties

Invasions in the north by the Jin Tartars in the 12th century forced the Song dynasty to retreat to the south where a new court was established at Hangzhou in 1127. Under the Emperor Hui Zong the Imperial Painting Academy already was moving in the direction of closer views of nature, both in landscapes and in images of birds, flowers, and insects. The intent was to capture the vital life spirit of these subjects as well as an understanding of their true form, texture, and movement in space.

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

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Thousand-Character Classic

Calligrapher Cai Xingyi writes an excerpt from the Thousand-Character Classic in semicursive script. The Thousand-Character Classic in clerical script, written by calligrapher Wen Peng (1498–1573) will be on view at the Asian Art Museum during the exhibition, Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy (October 5, 2012–January 13, 2013).

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