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Artwork

Fresh Water Jar in the Form of a Wooden Bucket

Fresh water jar in the form of a wooden bucket, 1625–1635. Made in China for Japanese patrons. Porcelain with underglaze blue. Asian Art Museum, Gift of Roy Leventritt, B69P95L.

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

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Four-lobed wall tile, 1450-1500

Four-lobed wall tile, 1450-1500, Vietnam, made for the Indonesian market, Glazed stoneware with underglaze cobalt decoration, Gift of Betty and Jack Bogart, 1994.141.

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

Lesson

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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Edo Period Society (1615–1868) in Japan

After 150 year of civil war, the Shogunate in Japan was determined to enforce and maintain a stable society. The Shogunate further extended its control of the people through a class system with social and economic constraints. The highest class was composed of the samurai, followed by farmers, craftsmen, and at the lowest level, merchants.

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

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Storytelling in Ritual and Performance in Bali

Balinese stories are continually told and retold. Tales such as the Ramayana are mainly spread through storytelling, shadow plays, masked dance, chants, and other theatrical genres. Learn more.

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

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An Introduction to the Samurai

An overview of the Japanese warrior class known as the samurai.

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

Background Information

An Introduction to the Neolithic Period (6000-2000 BCE)

The region bordering the Yellow River, which runs more than 3,400 miles from the Himalayan Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, has long been considered the cradle of Chinese civilization. These vast, fertile plains encouraged the rise of agriculture and the development of neolithic cultures (New Stone Age, roughly 6000-2000 BCE). Archeological discoveries made over the past few decades have revealed that early societies also flourished to the south, along the Yangzi River, as well as sites in the far northeast. These finds indicate that Chinese civilization arose through the gradual blending of several regional cultures.

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

Video

At the Table: Reclaiming Tofu

Tasting Menu is a series that considers connections between Bay Area “foodie” culture and objects in the museum’s collection.

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