Resources Organized by Country/Region: India/South Asia



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The 24 Jinas
Rubin Museum of Art
Created for the 2009-2010 exhibition Victorious Ones: Jain Images of Perfection, this website introduces the 24 Jinas, the founding figures of Jainism, as they are depicted in a 19th-century Indian painting.

Go to Museum Resource: http://images.rma2.org/flash/24Jinas.swf
The Adventures of Hamza
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
"The Hamzanama (story of Hamza) is a popular collection of action-filled stories that recount in straightforward language the colorful adventures of Hamza, the uncle of the Prophet Muhammad, and other legendary heroes as they travel the world spreading the teachings of Islam. ... The selection of illustrations and stories presented here is intended to introduce you to some of the key heroes and villains of the Hamzanama." Illustrations from Mughal dynasty royal manuscripts.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/online/hamza/default.htm
Art Access: Art of India, Himalayas, and Southeast Asia
The Art Institute of Chicago
This introduction to the art of South and Southeast Asia features 15 representative objects (mostly Hindu and Buddhist sculptures) from the Art Institute's collection. The objects have good descriptive text with links to an excellent glossary and maps. The site also includes four lesson plans (specifically for grade levels 1-3, 4-8, 7-8, and 9-12, but adaptable for all age groups). Each lesson plan includes a list of the fulfilled Illinois Learning Standards for that plan, and the lesson plan Divine Faith Discussion lists some Buddhist, Hindu, and Islamic places of worship in the Chicago area. There is also a Family Activities section (with hands-on activities for younger children) and a bibliography of books and media.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.artic.edu/artaccess/AA_India/index.html
Art in Focus: The Legend of Krishna
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
"This packet highlights the celebrated legend of this Hindu god as depicted in South Asian painting—from his mischievous childhood antics to his stately conduct as a prince and his awe-inspiring presence as the supreme spirit. Teaching activities feature selected excerpts from the legend of Krishna and paintings from the Asian Art Museum’s collection galleries." Please note that the .pdf version of this educator resource packet can be downloaded for free. The PayPal link next to the resource is for buying the packet in booklet form with an image CD and slides.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asianart.org/educatorresources.htm
The Art of Peace: Paintings by the Poet Rabindranath Tagore
The British Museum
Online presentation of a 2006 exhibition of works by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), "the most famous South Asian literary figure of the twentieth century." With 8 images, each with explanatory text.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/online_tours/asia/the_art_of_peace/the_art...
The Art of South and Southeast Asia
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
An illustrated 156-page teacher's guide that can be downloaded in .pdf format, either in its entirety or by chapter. Includes historical introductions to South and Southeast Asia, as well as chapters on artists and materials, religious context, and Muslim and Hindu art. Also includes a timeline, map, glossary, list of resources, activities and a lesson plan, and specific artworks with descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/learn/for%20educators/publications%20for%20educators/t...
Art of the First Cities: The Third Millennium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Website designed to complement the 2003 exhibition Art of the First Cities, which "survey[ed] the flourishing of the world’s earliest civilizations in Mesopotamia and surrounding regions—stretching from the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean across Iran and Central Asia to the Indus Valley—during one of the most seminal and creative periods in history." Topics include: Cities; The Ruler; The Divine World; Death and Burial; Writing; Seals and Sealing; and Clothing and Personal Adornment.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/trdm/hd_trdm.htm
The Art of the Mughals after 1600
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A brief discussion of artistic production in the Mughal era after the death of Akbar (1542-1605). With 12 related artworks.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/mugh_2/hd_mugh_2.htm
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