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After visiting a museum, listening to a museum educator in school, or conducting research in a library, describe an animal, person, building, or design depicted in an ancient Chinese work of art.



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Painting depicting a tiger, taken from a temple in Northern China


Animal

Tigers
  • The pattern on the head of a tiger looks like the Chinese character for "king"
  • Tigers were considered to be kings of nature
  • People believed the tiger represented bravery and strength
  • People born in the year of the tiger were considered to be brave leaders
  • It was commonplace for people to hang paintings of tigers in their entryways
  • This painting was meant to defend the family and keep away evil
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Click here for a list of animals and their common meanings in Chinese culture

Person

Buddha
  • Buddhism came from India during the Han Dynasty
  • Reached its peak during the Tang Dynasty
  • Buddha was an actual person who reached enlightenment
  • He believed and taught that people could not reach enlightenment if focused on superficial means
  • Many Buddhists lead simple lives became monks to find their reality
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    Buddha Statue from the Tang Dynasty
  • Buddha became a popular art focus
  • Many painting and statues were created in his likeness
  • In 845, the emperor decided Buddhists were becoming too powerful
  • Thousands of monasteries and temples were destroyed
  • Click here for more info on Chinese Buddhism
Biography icon for wiki.pngClick here for Buddha's biography
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Building




Design