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Cranes and Plum Blossoms
Along with five other works, this gift come to the museum from the estate of Anna C. Chennault (1923–2018). Madame Chennault was the wife of General Claire Chennault (1893–1958), commander of the famous Flying Tigers group during World War II. A large overarching plum tree, with a proliferation of white blossoms covering every branch and ...
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Timeline of Chinese History, Art, and Culture
Interact with Chinese history by exploring a timeline of key historical figures, dynasties, events, and artworks. Use the arrows to scroll through the centuries, and click on an era or item to learn more!

North Indian Classical Music:
Krishna Mohan Bhatt, sitar;
Anindo Chatterjee, tabla
Hear one of India’s most esteemed soloists as Krishna Mohan Bhatt performs Indian ragas on sitar, accompanied by tabla virtuoso Anindo Chatterjee on percussion. Their concert features an extensive rendition of raga Yaman Kalyan as well as music inspired by folk tunes and Bengali devotional songs. Yaman Kalyan is one of the most popular ragas and ...
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About this project
Teaching China with the Smithsonian was made possible by a generous grant from The Freeman Foundation. Project Team at the National Museum of Asian Art: Stephen Allee, Gio Camozzi, YinYing Chen, Liz Cheng, Elizabeth Eder, Ian Fry, Cory Grace, Reid Hoffman, Carol Huh, Wen Li, Nancy Micklewright, Sana Mirza, Mary Mulcahy, Grace Murray, Olga Panova, ...
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Interactives: Timeline, Maps, and More
Gain a broader perspective on the history and art of China through this detailed visual timeline and interactive map. Plus, explore individual artworks in-depth through 3-D models, annotated images, and story maps.
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Videos: Art and Craft Traditions in China
Dive into the art and culture of China through these videos highlighting traditional arts and crafts as they are practiced today. Created by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the videos highlight unique performances and craft demonstrations from the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival program, China: Tradition and the Art of Living, as well ...
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Lesson Plans: Teaching with Objects
Adapt these lesson plans for your classroom. Created by teachers from the Washington, DC metro area and across the US, each lesson plan focuses on a key event, concept, or artwork.

Explore by Dynasty
Gain an in-depth look at different periods of Chinese history through short essays highlighting social, political, and economic developments as well as key events in arts and culture.

Explore by Theme
Use these themes to link objects and events across time periods and to convey essential understandings about Chinese art, history, and culture.

Explore by Object
Discover five thousand years of Chinese art through featured objects handpicked by classroom teachers, museum educators, and curators from the renowned collection of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art. Browse by time period or object type. Getting Started Guide:  How to Look at Objects