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Jatayus, the heroic king of the vultures, approx. 400-500

Jatayus, the heroic king of the vultures, attempts to prevent Ravana from abducting Sita, from the Ramayana (Story of Rama), approx. 400–500. India; probably Uttar Pradesh state. Terra-cotta. Gift of the Connoisseurs’ Council, 1988.40.

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

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Katsura River-style Basket

Katsura River Style Flower Basket, approx. 1870-1920. By Iizuka Hosai I (1851-1916). Bamboo (madake), selected techniques: twill plaiting, diamond twill base. Lloyd Cotsen Japanese Bamboo Basket Collection, 2006.3.49.

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

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Legacies that Live On - The Terracotta Warriors

Students will diagram the influences and legacy of the First Emperor and create a 21st century genome of a local legacy based on similar concepts of influences and inspiration.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)

Artwork

Magnolia and Sparrow

Magnolia and Sparrow, 1971, by Wong Luisang (born 1928). China. Lingnan Style; ink and colors on paper. Gift of Shirley E. Lovely, 2010.38.

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

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Masterpiece: The Buddha Triumphing over Mara

The main figure in this stone sculpture from the 900s shows many characteristic features of images of the Buddha. Here we see elements that tell us we’re in the presence of the Buddha as he was on the threshold of achieving enlightenment. Above his head are branches of heart-shaped leaves. They indicate the sacred bodhi tree, under which he is said to have attained enlightenment some 2,500 years ago.

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

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The Abduction of Sita

Asian Art Museum Storyteller Miriam Mills tells an excerpt from the Ramayana in the Southeast Asian galleries at the Asian Art Museum with the use of artworks from the museum’s collection.

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

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The Development of Landscape Painting in China through the Tang Dynasty (618-906)

When one thinks of Chinese painting one might think of hanging scrolls and handscrolls. Wall paintings were an early form of painting, preserved today in cave temples, temple buildings, and tombs. Written records describe paintings on palace walls and in humbler dwellings. One of the first advocates of landscape painting, Zong Bing, wrote in the 5th century about the joys of having landscape paintings on the walls of his house so he could imagine himself in the untrammeled world of mountains and streams, mists, trees, and rocks. Hanging scrolls of silk provided wall decoration that could be changed or removed. Handscrolls, primarily used for written documents, became vehicles for the illustrations of paragons of virtue or of supernatural spirits as well as panoramic landscapes, and bird and flower paintings.

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

Artwork

Inro with map of Japan, 1670-1722

Inro with map of Japan, 1670-1722. By Shiomi Masanari (Japanese, 1647 – approx. 1722), Lacquered wood with sprinkled metallic powder (maki-e) decoration. Gift of Dr. Joseph Kushner, 2014.6. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

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A Conversation with Sanjay Patel

Asian Art Museum Art Speak interns have a conversation with artist and animator Sanjay Patel.

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