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Fan-shaped box with the Eight Views of Omi (Lake Biwa)

Fan-shaped box with the Eight Views of Omi (Lake Biwa), Meiji period (1868-1912)-Taisho period (1912-1926). Japan. Lacquered wood with makie (sprinkled metallic powder) decoration; silver. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60M255. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

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Exploring Japan's Geography through Visual Analysis

Students explore the unique geogrraphical features through visual analysis of works of art. Then, they infer how these characteristics affected Japan’s culture and relationships with the mainland.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)

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Ewer with lid, approx. 1050-1125

Ewer with lid, approx. 1050-1125. Goryeo dynasty (918-1392). Stoneware with blue-green (celadon) glaze. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60P123+.

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

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Ewer with chrysanthemum scroll, approx. 1100–1200

Ewer with chrysanthemum scroll, approx. 1100-1200. China; Shaanxi province Northern Song dynasty (960–1126). Yaozhou ware, glazed high-fired ceramic with carved decoration. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60P1233.

GRADE LEVEL: 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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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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First Man Across the Uji River

The first man across the Uji River and the battle of Awazugahara, From The Tale of the Heike, one of a pair, late 1600s. Japan. Six panel folding screen; ink, colors and gold on paper. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60D60+.

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

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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
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