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Activities for the Equinox at Chicén Itzá
In The Changing Face of Mexico, page 4.2
Art project Create a painting or mural of a scene involving a reconstruction of an ancient Mesoamerican city. You could try your hand at scientific or architectural drawing, or a work of art, sculpture, jewelry making, or mosaic informed by what you...
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All-Seeing Eye image in Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
All-Seeing Eye image in Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
This All-Seeing Eye image framed in a triangle surrounded by sun rays and carved lotus blossoms is displayed in the Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh. The elaborate temple, located about 60 miles northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, was constructed between 1933 and 1955....
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American Indian stalking deer
American Indian stalking deer
This 1993–1994 painting depicts an American Indian hunting deer with a bow and arrow. The hunter stands on a rock in a stream facing a buck and a doe. He is camouflaged, wearing a deer head and skin over his own head and torso. In the background, the...
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The Apotheosis of Washington
The Apotheosis of Washington
Photograph of Constantino Brumidi's 1865 fresco in the Capitol dome, entitled The Apotheosis of Washington. The fresco (a painting done on fresh, moist plaster) depicts George Washington's apotheosis — or elevation to the...
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Arrows turn into serpents
In The Ramayana, page 5.8
A flying demon, visible in the upper left corner, shoots arrows that become serpents as they fall. The arrows become wavy as they rain down upon Rama's army. The demon moves actively in a cloud-filled sunset sky painted over a dramatic mountain and landscape...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Artwork outside of the North Carolina Museum of Art
Artwork outside of the North Carolina Museum of Art
This is a sculpture outside of the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Baby Sita's gold urn carried in procession (Thai Ramayana mural)
Baby Sita's gold urn carried in procession (Thai Ramayana mural)
In this scene detail from a painted mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple, baby Sita's golden urn is carried to the king's palace in a royal procession. The beautifully dressed king's courtiers, carrying the closed golden urn, pass from the back to the front...
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Balinese painting of Hanuman courting Ravana's mermaid daughter
Balinese painting of Hanuman courting Ravana's mermaid daughter
A red-toned modern Balinese painting depicts Hanuman courting Ravana's mermaid daughter. Swooping above moonlit waves and an open-mouthed fish in the sea, Hanuman carries the beautiful mermaid in his outstretched arms. Hanuman's and the mermaid's faces are...
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Baptism of Pocahontas
Baptism of Pocahontas
John Gadsby Chapman's painting, commissioned in 1837, depicts Pocahontas' baptism in Jamestown, Virginia, around 1613 or 1614. In the painting, Pocahontas (soon to be baptized Rebecca) wears a white dress and kneels before a baptismal font in a church. Anglican...
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Barge carries Rama's allies across river (Thai Ramayana mural)
Barge carries Rama's allies across river (Thai Ramayana mural)
A simple barge carries Rama's allies across a river on the way home after they have defeated the demon king Ravana. The barge in the middle of the river, and both river shores, are covered with people accompanying Rama and Sita home to their rightful kingdom...
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The battle continues
In The Ramayana, page 3.8
This detail of a mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple, where Hanuman descends lithely down poles beside a circular well to seize the guards, shows how the powerful and clever monkey god can single-handedly defeat the hapless demons who defend Ravana's palace....
By Lorraine Aragon.
Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts in Wilmington, NC
Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts in Wilmington, NC
This is the Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts in Wilmington, North Carolina. This mansion is a premier architectural and historical treasure in North Carolina, a spectacular example of antebellum architecture. The Bellamy Mansion offers tours,...
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Bharata boating into forest to find Rama (Thai Ramayana mural)
Bharata boating into forest to find Rama (Thai Ramayana mural)
On this mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple, Rama's brother Bharata and his comrades boat into the forest to try to find the exiled Rama after their father dies. The detail shows several long paddled canoes and a large poled platform barge. On each watercraft,...
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Bharata tries to give back the throne
In The Ramayana, page 2.3
On this mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple, Rama's brother Bharata and his comrades boat into the forest to try to find the exiled Rama after their father dies. The detail shows several long paddled canoes and a large poled platform barge. On each watercraft,...
By Lorraine Aragon.
The birth of Sita
In The Ramayana, page 1.3
A painted mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple shows the infant Sita sitting in a gold urn as she is discovered by a king ploughing his fields. Beside Sita's urn, which protrudes from the ground, we see the king holding a wooden plough harnessed to an ox. The...
Brown Monkey King striding with sword (Thai Ramayana mural)
Brown Monkey King striding with sword (Thai Ramayana mural)
In this mural from the Emerald Buddha Temple, the Brown Monkey King strides boldly with his right hand grasping his downward sword. The monkey king's head and legs are shown in profile but his torso is rotated so that his shoulders face front. The Brown Monkey...
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Canova's statue of Washington
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 4.8
In 1815, at a time when the state of North Carolina was unwilling to spend money on roads or schools, the General Assembly spent as much as $60,000 on a statue of George Washington for the State Capitol.
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Commentary and sidebar notes by Pauline S. Johnson.
Carolina parakeets
Carolina parakeets
John James Audubon's 1833 painting of the Carolina parakeet. The Carolina parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis), now extinct, was the only native species of parrot in the United States. The last known wild Carolina parakeet was killed in...
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Carved animals on ceiling in Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
Carved animals on ceiling in Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
Animal figures are carved around a light fixture on the ceiling of the Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh. Visible here are a turtle, representing longevity, a phoenix-like bird, representing nobility, and a protective lion dog. The animal forms and the surrounding...
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Carved columns and robed worshipper on veranda of Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
Carved columns and robed worshipper on veranda of Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
Three columns carved with dragons and lotus flowers, and a white-robed worshipper walking nearby, are seen on the front veranda of the Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh. White robes are worn by lay congregants and solid color robes of red, blue, or yellow are worn...
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