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Flowers, 1615

Flowers, 1615, by Xue Susu (1564-1637). China; Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Handscroll; ink on paper. Museum purchase, B66D22.

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

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Create Your Own Sword Guard (Tsuba)

Sword making is a refined and highly scientific art that is revered in Japan. A sword guard (tsuba) is a metal guard on a samurai sword between the handgrip and the blade. It protects the hand from sliding onto the sharp edge of the blade. Sword guards vary in shape and design and were carved or molded. Use the templates or create your own shape and design a sword guard.

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

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Create a Personal Kit’alar

A kit’alar is a calligraphic work written on a rectangular piece of paper pasted onto a cardboard backing. Equal margins are left around the calligraphy in which the artist decorates with marbled paper (ebru) or illumination.

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

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Samurai Warrior Codes: Comparing Perspectives from the Kamakura, Muromachi, and Edo Periods

The term, bushido, is often used to describe the samurai warrior code during medieval and modern times. The definition refers to a late 19th century description and was actually quite different than codes from earlier times. Compare warrior codes from different times with the modern definition of bushido. Then, choose which code you think matches the samurai in the screen painting, the Battles at Ichi-no-tani and Yashima, from The Tale of the Heike.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)

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Buddha triumphing over Mara, 900–1000

The Buddha triumphing over Mara, 900–1000. India; probably Kurkihar, Bihar state. Stone. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60S598.

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

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Hokusai and Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints from the James A. Michener Collection

Overview of the Hokusai and Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints from the James A. Michener Collection, Honolulu Academy of Arts exhibition that took place at the Asian Art Museum from September 26–December 6, 1998 (filmed at former museum location in Golden Gate Park).

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

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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

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Chinese Buddhist Cave Shrines

Explores ancient Buddhist cave shrines in China, including why the sites were created and the major sponsors and patrons.

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