Examples of dogs represented in ancient Mexican art.
All of these artifacts date from 200 BCE to 500 CE. The first is from Nayarit, and the rest are from Colima. The dog in last photo is shown to be wearing a human mask.
We’ve got some ancient dogs too. Will have to post sometime.
Happy Earth Day, citizens of the planet. Of course we should always be mindful of the environment, but we wanted to observe this special designated day with an artwork from our collection. Plus, it’s always a good time to celebrate MoNA (Mother Nature).
"Which is Earth? No.30" is a hanging scroll made in 1969 by Liu Kuo-sung. Between 1966 and 1968, he travelled in the U.S. and Europe. Inspired by photographs of the earth and moon sent back from the Apollo Eight mission, he began to incorporate circles and spheres into his already abstract landscapes, initiating his Space series. The traces from plucked fibers naturally define the texture of landscape on the moon above. The sweeping bold brushwork on earth is derived from that attributed to the tenth-century eccentric painter Shi Ke.
By blending elements from both Asia and the West, Liu launched the modern Chinese ink painting movement in Taiwan in the late 1960s.
We hope you enjoy this beautiful serving of space on Earth Day.
Here’s the head of the fasting Buddha, 200-500, either from Pakistan or Afghanistan. Images of the Buddha-to-be before he reached enlightenment can be quite haunting. Here, you see the severity of his fasting and the intensity of his quest from his hollowed out eyes. This very striking object is on view in our yoga exhibition.
Haaaaaaaay! You never know who’ll greet you in our permanent collection galleries, like this Japanese guardian lion (wood, 1200-1333). According to tradition, he appears to be saying “ah.” The lion was originally paired with a dog whose closed mouth made it seem like he was saying “um.” These creatures, with their supernatural powers, are regarded as guardians of Buddhist and Shinto shrines. We regard this lion as a spirit-lifter. What a fantastic positive expression, even if missing a limb.
You can find more visuals like this on our Instagram:
And you can always find cool art in our galleries.
Youth art is so awesome! We’re hosting the SFUSD Arts Festival; the building is alive with every kind of art by students of every age. Last day to see it is this Sunday. Get inspired and celebrate student creativity, not to mention arts education! This here is “Exo-tic Lifeforms” by Lori, 12th Grade.
Trust us, there’s some good stuff here. Real good.
To my Persian friends and family, EIDEH HAMEGI MOBARAK & NOROOZETAN PIROOZ! Spring equinox is finally here!! This is my very first Sofreh Haft-Seen. A traditional table spread in every Persian’s home for Norooz, the Persian Spring Celebration. The 7 items represent the seven heralds of life: rebirth, health, love, happiness, prosperity, sunrise, and patience. Rejoice!! #persiannewyear #haftseen #norooz #persian #springequinox #iranian #nowruz #iran
Happy Nowruz (Persian New Year) and First Day of Spring! If you’d like to learn more, head over to our education site. We think this is a very lovely haft-seen, accompanied by a lovely description.