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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

Artwork

Fresh Water Jar in the Form of a Wooden Bucket

Fresh water jar in the form of a wooden bucket, 1625–1635. Made in China for Japanese patrons. Porcelain with underglaze blue. Asian Art Museum, Gift of Roy Leventritt, B69P95L.

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

Artwork

Festival of Sumiyoshi Shrine, 1650–1700

Festival of Sumiyoshi Shrine, one of a pair, 1650–1700. Six panel folding screen; ink, colors and gold on paper. Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Mrs. Herbert Fleishacker, B69D58.

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

Female Shinto spirit, approx. 1100–1200

Female Shinto spirit, Heian period (794–1185) or Kamakura period (1185–1333), approx. 1100–1200. Japan. Wood with traces of pigment. Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Mrs. Herbert Fleishacker, B69S36.

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

Background Information

Mahabodi Temple at Bodh Gaya, India

The photograph shows the Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya, in the state of Bihar in eastern India. This temple stands next to a descendent of the bodhi tree under which the Buddha achieved enlightenment. This site is the most important pilgrimage site in the Buddhist world, similar to Varanasi for Hindus or Mecca for Muslims. Learn more.

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

Background Information

Oracle Bones

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

Background Information

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

Seated Buddha, 200–300

Seated Buddha, 200–300. Pakistan; perhaps Jamalgarhi, Peshawar valley, ancient region of Gandhara. Schist. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60S393.

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