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200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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The Spread of Buddhism Across Asia

Trace the spread of Buddhism through close looking at Buddhist objects from different regions. Explore how artifacts reveal distinct local traditions as well as common ideas and motifs.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)

Activity

The Ricci Map, 1602 (interactive)

Explore this interactive map. Zoom-in on high resolution details and discover English translations of the classical Chinese text and synopsis by scholars.Explore this interactive map.

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

Artwork

Large plate with map of Japan, 1800-1868

Large plate with map of Japan, 1800-1868. Japan; Arita region, Saga prefecture. Porcelain with cobalt decoration. The Avery Brundage Collection, B72P1.

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

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Great Power, Great Choices

Asian Art Museum Storyteller, Leta Busyhead, tells a story about Cyrus the Great and the Cyrus Cylinder in the Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia exhibition at the Asian Art Museum (August 9–September 22, 2013).

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)

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Italian Red Velvet and Other European Luxuries in 17th Century Persia

If one had the money, one could acquire an ever-increasing quantity and variety of European goods and luxury wares in 17th-century Isfahan, including Italian velvet, London cloth and handbags, faux pearls and gold clocks. How were these European imports worn and displayed? What did they signify in the increasingly cosmopolitan city of Isfahan, a city referred to as “half the world” by its inhabitants? Dr. Amy Landau will delve into these questions about the social context of European luxury objects in 17 century Persia.

GRADE LEVEL: College and Beyond

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Japan and an Interconnected World with Andrea Horbinski

Dr. Andrea Horbinski of the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project, discusses Japan and an interconnected world at the Medieval Japan Teacher Institute, held at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

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

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Japan and its Geography with Andrea Horbinski

Dr. Andrea Horbinski, of the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project, discusses Japan and its geography at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco as part of the Medieval Japan Teacher Institute.

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