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San Francisco, CA 94102
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Japan Encounters the West

European art and culture had a significant impact in Japan, both before and during the period of self-imposed isolation.

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

Artwork

Jatayus, the heroic king of the vultures, approx. 400-500

Jatayus, the heroic king of the vultures, attempts to prevent Ravana from abducting Sita, from the Ramayana (Story of Rama), approx. 400–500. India; probably Uttar Pradesh state. Terra-cotta. Gift of the Connoisseurs’ Council, 1988.40.

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

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New Year Investigations: Tablescapes (lesson)

Students compare and contrast the different ways in which people commemorate the passing of a year by interviewing their families, creating a tablescape, and sharing their traditions with their classmates.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5)

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Indian-ness in My Life

Amandeep Jawa discusses the “Indian-ness” in his life.

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

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A Conversation with Sanjay Patel

Asian Art Museum Art Speak interns have a conversation with artist and animator Sanjay Patel.

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

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Illustrations of Buddhist texts and ritual formulas, 2001

Illustrations of Buddhist texts and ritual formulas (Rashmivimla-vishuddhiprabhasa-dharani-sutra) (Mugujeonggwang Daedarani), 2001, by Dong-uArtist: Myeongcheon. Korea. Handscroll; sutra, gold on paper. Gift of Dong-u seunim, 2002.12.2.

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

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Illuminated Manuscripts: The Sacred Art of Narration

Students will: 1.) Identify the format and elements of a sutra. 2.) Examine why sutras (the teachings of the Buddha) are important historical and religious documents. 3.) Analyze why the writing of sutras is considered an important religious act. 4.) Construct and illustrate an accordion book manuscript based on the sutra format used during the Goryeo dynasty (Korea).

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