December Hours: Open Thursdays–Mondays, 10 AM–5 PM. Late Thursday nights will resume in January.

Tickets
Museum Hours
Thu–Mon: 10 AM–5 PM
Tue–Wed: Closed
Location
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.581.3500
Tickets
Education Topic

Trade & Exchange

Filter Resources
Type
  • All
  • Activity
  • Artwork
  • Background Information
  • Lesson
  • Teacher Packet
  • Video
Grade Level
  • All
  • College and Beyond
  • Early Elementary School (K-3)
  • Elementary School (4-5)
  • High School (9-12)
  • Middle School (6-8)
  • Pre-Kindergarten
Sort Results
  • Reset
  • Title
  • Type
Filter Resources
Type
  • All
  • Activity
  • Artwork
  • Background Information
  • Lesson
  • Teacher Packet
  • Video
Grade Level
  • All
  • College and Beyond
  • Early Elementary School (K-3)
  • Elementary School (4-5)
  • High School (9-12)
  • Middle School (6-8)
  • Pre-Kindergarten
Sort Results
  • Reset
  • Title
  • Type
Filter
Clear
Filter resources by type
Filter resources by grade level
Sort resources by

Background Information

Great Wild Goose Pagoda

The stone pagoda structure is called the Great Wild Goose Pagoda enclosed within the Ci’en (Temple of Mercy) monastery in present-day Xi’an. It was erected in 652 to commemorate the return of the temple’s abbott, the celebrated monk Xuanzang. This heroic figure to Chinese Buddhist history traveled west across the Silk Road and throughout India for sixteen years, exploring the homeland of Buddhism before returning with hundreds of sutras (Buddhist texts).

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

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

Artwork

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)

Artwork

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

Background Information

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)

Background Information

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

Background Information

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