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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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South Asia

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Ganesha in a Temple Niche

Background information on the Hindu deity, Ganesha, and Hindu architecture.

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

Lesson

Epic Story Scrolls

In groups, students will discuss how artists communicate events and characters by observing and describing scenes in the scroll containing stories of Rama’s youth. Students will compare the context of this scroll’s use with those of scrolls illustrating other epics. Then they will create a biographical scroll from the perspective of a character in the Ramayana (The Life of Rama).

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

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Mahabodi Temple at Bodh Gaya, India

The photograph shows the Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya, in the state of Bihar in eastern India. This temple stands next to a descendent of the bodhi tree under which the Buddha achieved enlightenment. This site is the most important pilgrimage site in the Buddhist world, similar to Varanasi for Hindus or Mecca for Muslims. Learn more.

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

Artwork

Seated Buddha, 200–300

Seated Buddha, 200–300. Pakistan; perhaps Jamalgarhi, Peshawar valley, ancient region of Gandhara. Schist. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60S393.

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

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Diwali Festival and Threshold Art

Students will: 1.) examine the Hindu tradition of threshold art; 2.) research how Diwali (Festival of Lights) is commemorated in India; 3. draw traditional labyrinth threshold patterns; 4.) work in teams to create a large labyrinth floor painting in celebration of Diwali

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

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Buddha triumphing over Mara, 900–1000

The Buddha triumphing over Mara, 900–1000. India; probably Kurkihar, Bihar state. Stone. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60S598.

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

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Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, approx. 900–1000

The Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, approx. 900–1000. India; perhaps Nalanda, Bihar state. Stone. The Avery Brundage Collection, B63S44+.

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

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Beliefs of Hinduism

Learn about the basic beliefs of Hinduism.

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

Video

Baat Cheet with Artist Chiraag Bhakta

Utilizing the special exhibition “Yoga: The Art of Transformation” as a point of departure, this short, dynamic talk, or Baat Cheet, focuses on California’s unique role in the adoption, evolution, and popularization of yoga today.

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