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An Introduction to the Han Dynasty

The Han Dynasty is one of the great dynasties in Chinese history, encompassing nearly four hundred years of expansion and consolidation which coincided with the period of the Roman republic and empire in the West.

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

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Create a Personal Murakkaalar

Students create a murakkaalar (calligraphy album) of their name and adjectives that describe their personality written in Arabic. They will make a calligraphy reed and learn to write with it. 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. A murrakkalar is a series of kit’alar attached together in an album that resembles an accordion.

GRADE LEVEL: High School (9-12)
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Video

A Walkthrough the Chinese Galleries

A video tour of the Asian Art Museum’s collection galleries highlighting ceramics, jades, bronzes, paintings, and Buddhist arts representing some six thousand years of Chinese culture and tradition.

*Filmed in former museum location (prior to 2003) in Golden Gate Park. Presented by Brian Hogarth.

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

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How to Read a Woodblock Print

Learn how to read a woodblock print.

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

Thumri and Kathak Performance

Thumri, a light vocal classical music genre is said to have evolved in North India in the mid-19th century court of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah of Lucknow to accompany the kathak dance form, one of the eight major classical dance forms of India. This program presented by Pandit Rai and Sinha evokes the court ambience of 19th-century and early 20th-century India with a fully choreographed performance of dance, music, and storytelling, depicting the close interaction between these two major art forms.

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

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An Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy

In China, painting and writing developed hand in hand, sharing the same tools and techniques.

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

An Introduction to Japanese Buddhism

Professor Robert Sharf, University of California, Berkeley, discusses Japanese Buddhism at the Medieval Japan Teacher Institute at the Asian Art Museum.

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

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Buddhist Caves at Ajanta

Learn about Buddhist caves. This is one of a series of caves excavated out of the volcanic rock that extends along a cliff overlooking the Wagora River at Ajanta, about two hours north of the present-day city of Aurangabad, in Maharastra state in western India.

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