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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)

Artwork

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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Deconstructing "Shangri-La"

Students will discuss how our perceptions of other cultures, in this case Tibet, are subjective and colored by myths.

GRADE LEVEL: High School (9-12)

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

Daoism is an indigenous Chinese religion. Tao is often translated as “way” or “path.” The teachings of Daoism advocate following the Way and integrating with the natural world.

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

Artwork

Cup with high handle, approx. 2500–1900 BCE

Cup with high handle, approx. 2500–1900 BCE. China; Shandong province. Neolithic period, Longshan culture (approx. 2500-1900 BCE). Gift of Bruce and Terese Bartholomew, 1998.30.

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

Video

Crossbow Trigger Mechanism

Learn more about crossbows and the crossbow trigger mechanism on view in the exhibition, China’s Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor’s Legacy (at the Asian Art Museum from February 22–May 27, 2013).

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

Artwork

Cicada

Dr. Sanford Tom explores Huangshan (or the Yellow Mountain), which is often considered the most beautiful as well as the strangest mountain in China.

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

Video

Christianity in Philippine Art

Javellana, S.J., Professor of Art, Ateneo de Manila University speaks about art and Christianity from a historical perspective. He also explore some of the artworks presented in the exhibition at the University of San Francisco called Galleons and Globalization: California Mission Arts and the Pacific Rim (on view August 20- December 19, 2010).

GRADE LEVEL: College and Beyond