Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • What material do you think this is made out of?

  • Do you think this sculpture is heavy or light? Smooth or bumpy?

  • How many figures do you see in this work?

  • Look closely at the expression of both figures and describe how you think they feel.

  • What material do you think the eyes are made of? Why would the craftsman choose to use a different material for the eyes?

  • How can you tell that this is a very important woman?

  • A sculpture like this could be placed in a shrine. Do people in the U.S. make shrines to important ancestors or figures from their community? How are they similar or different? (e.g. the Lincoln Memorial)