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The Sun and the Moon in Asian Art and Beliefs

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Jan 30, 10:30am
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Asian Art and History
The Sun and the Moon in Asian Art and Beliefs

Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning


Dany Chan, Associate Curator of Asian Art, Walters Art Museum

For millennia, the sun and the moon feature prominently in the artistic production of several cultures in Asia. From the Shinto sun goddess Amaterasu to the Hindu deity Ganesha and the ancient Chinese myth of Archer Yi and Chang’e, this talk explores how the sun and the moon manifest in the mythologies and arts of East Asia as well as in Hindu and Buddhist belief systems.

This presentation is part of the Asian Art and History series.


Image: Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858). Moon Seen through Leaves (Hagoshi no tsuki), from the series Twenty-eight Views of the Moon (Tsuki nijû hakkei no uchi), c. 1832. Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper, 14 15/16 x 6 11/16 in. William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection, 21.6792.

Dany Chan

Dany Chan


Dany Chan serves as associate curator of Asian art at the Walters Art Museum. Since joining the Walters in 2019, Chan has been working on the reinstallation and reenvisioning of the museum’s Asian art collections. Chan previously worked at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, where over a 10-year span she curated and co-curated multiple exhibitions. She has published exhibition catalogs and articles in scholarly journals on Chinese ceramics, textiles, bronzes, paintings and contemporary art, as well as features for art news websites Hyperallergic and Art & Object. Chan is a 2022 professional art curators of color fellow and a 2006 Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum.

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