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Visual Cues to Role and Rank in World Art

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Social Studies +2 Age Level High School (16 to 18 years old)

Throughout world history artists have used visual cues to communicate role and rank. As a cultural window, art shares insights in to the structure and beliefs of a society. Through compare and contrast questions students analyze the selected works to better understand artistic techniques as well as the cultural mores communicated through each work. This activity was developed at Discovering Korea's Past: Interdisciplinary Connections Summer institute for Educators held at the Freer/Sackler, summer 2018.

Buddha Amitabha (Amita) and the Eight Great Bodhisattvas

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Amitabha (Amida), contained within a closed shrine

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Guanyin of the Water Moon

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Painting on Hindu Themes

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Lorillard Collection Cast

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Plaque

National Museum of African Art

Going Down to Gethsemane

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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National Museum of African Art

Entombment

Smithsonian American Art Museum