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San Francisco, CA 94102
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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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Mapping the Silk Road

Students analyze objects from South Asia, West Asia, and China to connect to the travel experiences of ancient merchants and traders, develop an understanding of the breadth of the land and sea trade, and explore how art and ideas travel and change over time and place.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)

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Archaeology Inventory Project

To expose students to terminology used by archaeologists and to heighten awareness of the rich discoveries in Afghanistan. Students make visual observations, write clear, succinct descriptions, form hypothesis on the function of the artwork, and investigate the influences of different cultures on art found along the Silk Road in Afghanistan.

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

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Religious Practices of the Samurai

An overview of the religious practices of the samurai.

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

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Buddhism in the Tang (618–906) and Song (960–1279) Dynasties

Buddhism was founded in northern India in the sixth century BCE. Most historians believe it was introduced to China in approximately the second century by means of monks and traders along the Silk Road.

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

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Central Asian wine peddler, approx. 618–906

Central Asian wine peddler, approx. 618–906. China, Henan province. Molded and sculpted earthenware figure with three-color glaze. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60P521.

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

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Make a Temple Book or Japanese Screen

Students will create their own books and stamps, and can inscribe poetry or good wishes on each others books. They will then take their books with them on a pilgrimage to the Asian Art Museum, the Japanese tea garden, or the beach, and record their impressions.

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