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MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Fun with Fantastic Creatures

  • Fragment of a man's court...

    Slide Notes

    Talk about what the dragon looks like (highlighting the scales, claws) and could be doing. Point out the colors used, the swirling lines around the dragon and in the waves and designs below it.

    Details

    Fragment of a man's court robe (jifu)

    Dimensions

    Overall: 49 x 68 cm (19 5/16 x 26 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Silk tapestry weave

    Classification

    Costumes

    Accession Number

    01.5662

    Collections
    Textiles and Fashion Arts More Info

    Description

    Woven with silk and gold thread made of gilded paper. The design of conventional waves, clouds, a dragon, bats, etc., is of blues, yellows, red, pinks, white, gray, brown, and gold.

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  • Incense burner with dragon handle...

    Slide Notes

    Point out where the dragon and phoenix are on the piece. Talk about what makes dragons and phoenix birds special in Chinese cultures/the special powers they are thought to have.

    For more information about Chinese phoenix birds see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fenghuang

    Details

    Incense burner with Dragon handle and Phoenix cover

    3rd century A.D.

    Dimensions

    13.5 x 19 cm (5 5/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Cast bronze

    Classification

    Metalwork

    Accession Number

    1991.90

    Collections
    Asia
    On View
    176 More Info

    Description

    Multimedia

  • Unicorn

    Slide Notes

    Ask students what they know about unicorns. Talk about what makes unicorns different from other horses. Point out horn on sculpture. Can also mention that unicorns are sometimes thought to have healing powers.

    Details

    Unicorn

    possibly 1930s

    Katharine Lane Weems, American, 1899–1989

    Dimensions

    15.24 x 4.44 x 14.6 cm (6 x 1 3/4 x 5 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Ceramic

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    1989.507

    Collections
    Americas More Info

    Description

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