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The Underground Army of the First Emperor

Just east of the modern city of Xi’an, you can see an army of soldiers unearthed. Discovered first in 1974, the work continues on three pits containing over 7,000 model soldiers. The army was buried within a framework of wooden pillars just east of the large tumulus containing the tomb of the First Emperor. It was a massive undertaking, certainly the largest ceramic project ever undertaken anywhere.

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

Lesson

Good and Evil? Dynamic Opposites in the Story of Rama

Students brainstorm the qualities of good and evil and draw conclusions about the Balinese concept of “dynamic” or balanced opposites. Then, students will relate the idea of “dynamic opposites” in the Ramayana (Story of Rama) to present-day situations by identifying a current problem, creating a visual identify for their own pair of opposing characters, and scripting a dialogue.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8)

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An Introduction to Islam

Islam is one of the world’s major religions. It shares with Judaism and Christianity a belief in a single god. The Arabic name for God is Allah. The word Islam means “surrender (to God).” The followers of Islam are called Muslims, which in Arabic means “one who surrenders to God.”

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

Video

Zen Buddhism

An introduction to Zen, a form of Buddhism that emphasizes seeking one’s own Buddha nature through meditation.

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

Video

Amaterasu, The Sun Goddess

Asian Art Museum Storyteller, Liz Nichols, tells a Japanese story about Amaterasu, the sun goddess, in the museum’s Japan galleries.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5)

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An Introduction to the Qu'ran

A brief introduction to the Qu’ran. Includes audio by Qamar Adamjee, Malavalli Family Foundation Associate Curator of Art of the Indian Subcontinent.

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

Background Information

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)

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)

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)