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Guardian king of the west (Gwangmok cheonwang)

Guardian king of the west (Gwangmok cheonwang), 2002-2003, by Jae-u (Korean, born 1966). Ink and mineral colors on cotton. Gift of Jae-u, 2004.10.

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

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Great Wild Goose Pagoda

The stone pagoda structure is called the Great Wild Goose Pagoda enclosed within the Ci’en (Temple of Mercy) monastery in present-day Xi’an. It was erected in 652 to commemorate the return of the temple’s abbott, the celebrated monk Xuanzang. This heroic figure to Chinese Buddhist history traveled west across the Silk Road and throughout India for sixteen years, exploring the homeland of Buddhism before returning with hundreds of sutras (Buddhist texts).

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

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Gourd-Shaped Incense Container, 1625–1675

Gourd-shaped incense container, 1625–1675. Attributed to Nonomura Ninsei (active 1625–1675). Japan; Kyoto. Kyoto ware, stoneware with underglaze iron-oxide decoration. Museum Purchase, B74P5.

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

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Goddess and Buffalo Demon

This Goddess image appears in a niche on one side of the main structure of the great Shiva Nataraja (Dancing Shiva) a temple in Chidambaram, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Learn more.

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

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Ghatotkacha (Gatotkaca), son of Bhima (Bima), approx. 1970

Ghatotkacha (Gatotkaca), son of Bhima (Bima), approx. 1970, by M. Ahim. Indonesia; Ciampea, West Java. Wood, cloth, and mixed media. From the Mimi and John Herbert Collection, F2000.86.78.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Hunting for Fireflies

Melinda Takeuchi, Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Department of Art History at Stanford University, discusses the coded meanings behind a woodblock print in the Asian Art Museum’s collection.

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

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Ganesha in a Temple Niche

Background information on the Hindu deity, Ganesha, and Hindu architecture.

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

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Futon cover with turtles and family crest

Futon cover with turtles and family crest, Meiji period (1868-1912). Japan. Indigo-dyed cotton with stencil-applied and hand drawn paste-resist (tsutsugaki) decoration. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Newsom, B74M3.

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