Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • This stone head was once part of a complete figure. What might it be like to encounter the complete sculpture? What do you think it would look like?

  • How do people make stone sculptures?

  • This carved head might have been part of a border of figures along a bridge or roadway into one of the capital cities of the Khmers. Why would people use stone to make statues along a road leading into a city?

  • Make your face look like this sculpture. What sort of emotions are you expressing?

  • Who do you think this sculpture might represent? Use what you see to defend your answer.

  • This Asura figure was part of a dvarapala, or door guard. Dvarapalas are protective figures in the Hindu tradition. What are other protective figures or heroes that you can think of that appear in other cultures and societies? (e.g. superheroes, rulers, gods/goddesses, family members) How is this figure similar to or different from other protectors and heroes with whom you are familiar?

Making Connections

For Students K-12

  • Compare and contrast this figure with Buddha Sakyamuni (2006.21), another Khmer Empire sculpture in the DMA collection. What purpose does each of these figures serve? How is that reflected in their appearance?

  • Research a protective figure from another culture and create a Venn diagram that illustrates how this figure is similar or different from Asura.