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200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.581.3500
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The Persian World & West Asia

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Lesson

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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How did Alexander the Great appropriate Persian culture and ideas into his empire?

Dr. Touraj Daryaee, Howard C. Baskerville Professor in the History of Iran and the Persianate World and the Associate Director of the Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies & Culture at the University of California, Irvine discusses Alexander the Great and Persian culture and ideas at the Cyrus Cylinder Teacher Workshop at the Asian Art Museum on August 12, 2013 in conjunction with the Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia exhibition (August 9–September 22, 2013).

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

Artwork

Helmet with chain mail neckguard, approx. 1820–1840

Helmet with chain mail neckguard, approx. 1820–1840. Pakistan; Probably Lahore, Punjab province. Helmet of iron overlaid with gold; mail neckguard of iron and brass. Gift of the Kapany Collection, 1998.69.

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

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Hajj Stories (Bay Area): Takeaways from the Hajj

Inspired by the British Museum’s video Hajj Stories, staff at the Asian Art Museum asked Bay Area Muslims who have performed the hajj to share experiences of their journeys.

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

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Hajj Stories (Bay Area): Introduction to the Hajj

Inspired by the British Museum’s video Hajj Stories, staff at the Asian Art Museum asked Bay Area Muslims who have performed the hajj to share experiences of their journeys.

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

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Decorated pages intended for a Koran, approx. 1500

Decorated pages intended for a Koran, approx. 1500. Turkey. Manuscript page; Gold and colors on paper. Gift of Elton L. Puffer, 2004.67.

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

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Create a Personal Kit’alar

A kit’alar is a calligraphic work written on a rectangular piece of paper pasted onto a cardboard backing. Equal margins are left around the calligraphy in which the artist decorates with marbled paper (ebru) or illumination.

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

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Artful Storytelling (lesson)

Objective: Students gain an appreciation and understanding of art and culture, and build language skills by reading; developing scripts; making choices about gesture, voice, and expression; and performing traditional stories alongside art objects in the Asian Art Museum’s collection galleries.

Duration: One class period over the course of 1 week

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