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Money Tree

Money Tree
Bronze and green glazed earthenware
Eastern Han dynasty 1st/2nd century
Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton

This Chinese Han dynasty money tree is decorated with coin designs and lively scenes to sustain its owner in the afterlife.

Money Does Grow on Trees
The Afterlife in the Tomb
Taoism and Hsi Wang-mu

Terrific Trees: Make a money tree to give to someone who is special to you. Include unexpected or surprising elements that refer to the recipient. Consider using easy-to-find construction materials, such as pipe cleaners or fallen twigs. You might even use paper clips to decorate the branches.  

Tour the MIA!: Visit the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for a discussion-based tour on just about any topic, including Chinese or Asian art. Click here to get a tour request form.  

The Art of China: Visit the Minneapolis Institute of Arts online resource The Art of Asia here to see more Chinese art and learn about Chinese history.  

Fantastic Phoenix: The phoenix is a mythological bird that has been used in art across cultures and time periods. Research the many examples of the phoenix in art around the world. How do different cultures use the phoenix in art? What similarities and differences do you find between cultures? Compile your research and write an essay or create a presentation for your classmates.  

Chinese Bronzes!: Connect to an Art Collector set on Ancient Bronzes. Look at images, watch video and listen to audio to learn more. Then use ArtConnectEd's Art Finder, tool to search for more works of art from Ancient China.  

November 2012