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Vishnu and Krishna

Learn about the Hindu deity Vishnu and his avatar Krishna, and hear a story about Krishna defeating the serpent Kaliya.

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

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Batik of Java: A Centuries Old Tradition

Watch Javanese artisans make batik and learn more about their refined techniques.

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

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An Introduction to Yoga: The Art of Transformation

This background information will help you prepare your students for their visit to Yoga: The Art of Transformation (on view at the Asian Art Museum from February 21–May 25, 2014).

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

Artwork

Arjuna, third of the Pandava (Pandawa) brothers, approx. 1950

Refined Character Type: Arjuna, third of the Pandava (Pandawa) brothers, approx. 1950. Indonesia; West Java. Wood, cloth, and mixed media. From The Mimi and John Herbert Collection, F2000.86.115.

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

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Artists and Patrons of the Edo Period (1615–1868) in Japan

Prior to the Edo period (1615–1868), many painters and sculptors remained anonymous, occupying relatively equal status to carpenters and other artisans. The position of the artist during the Edo period changed, as artists became more successful financially, and better educated. Some of them began to be seen as celebrities, arbiters of taste with eccentric personalities. Although many still worked for low wages in obscurity, the Edo period marks the emergence of the artist as individual, as the genius creator in Japan. Learn more.

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

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Battle of Awazugahara, from The Tale of the Heike

This scene illustrates an episode from the chapter, “The End of the Life of Kiso Yoshinaka,” in The Tale of the Heike, a thirteenth-century recounting of the wars between two powerful clans, the Heike and the Genji (also called the Taira and the Minamoto). By the time this painting was made, important episodes from The Tale of the Heike such as this one were widely familiar and had become popular subjects for paintings.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)

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Create Your Own Tomb Guardian

Do you want to make your own tomb guardian? They will need to be strong and fierce to keep unwanted spirits out of your tomb and keep your tomb objects safe.

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

Artwork

A True Picture of the Steamship Powhatan, approx. 1854

A True Picture of the Steamship Powhatan; A Ship Generally Called a Steam Frigate…, from the Black Ship Scroll, Edo period (1615-1868); approx. 1854. Japan. Handscroll segment mounted as a hanging scroll; ink and colors on paper. Museum purchase with assistance from the Japan Society of Northern California, 2012.60.2.

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