HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR TOUR:
Help your students prepare for the tour in two ways: Have an interactive discussion about museum etiquette. Practice looking at art. Click here for more information.
This tour helps students understand the Silk Road by closely examining European, Central Asian, and Asian art. Students will visit the Chinese, Buddhist, Islamic, Indian, and Indonesian galleries. The art includes religious and secular objects—used by Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, and Jews—that share a common style, and tell a long story of cultural exchange along this historic trade route. Through play acting and seeing, students explore the Silk Road, discovering who traveled it and why, economically, they made this long and dangerous journey. Students look at the exotic and religious objects carried, and hear the great stories shared. On the tour students will see the museum's collection of Silk Road treasures such as exotic textiles, ceramics, jades, stone sculpture, and sacred cave paintings. They’ll see first hand how diverse art can be by looking at carpets, architectural details, furniture, and luxury personal objects.
Artwork on this tour:
Fragments from a Mihrab, Iranm Kashan, Late 13th or early 14th century, Glazed stone paste, underglaze-painted, overglaze-painted luster, Wilhelmina Tenney, Memorial Collection, Gift of Renee Halbedi, 1960, (2611.1a-b)
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