Celebrate your school holidays with us! Tap into your imagination to go on a journey. Learn about some objects that relate to getting around. This month, you can make your own paper ship – where will it take you? Listen to a folktale from Laos told by ACT 3 International that transports you to a magical land and back again.
Audio storytelling by ACT 3 International
Listen to a folktale from Laos about a beautiful white swan and the magical Land of Flowers.
Suitable for ages 4 to 8.
Create your own ship by Lollibox
Download this template and create your own ship inspired by the model on display in the Tang Shipwreck gallery.
Don’t forget to share your creations with us @ACM_SG!
Suitable for ages 5 to 10, with parental guidance.
Bowl with Makara
Changsha kilns, China, around 830s
Stoneware, diameter 20 cm
China, mid-19th century
Oil on canvas, 43.2 x 75.5 cm
Discover modes of travel in our collection.
Look closely at the bowl. The artist has sketched a creature, which is probably supposed to be a makara, the vehicle of the Hindu river goddess Ganga. A makara is often depicted with parts of a crocodile, fish, goat, and elephant. If you are interested in another object that features a makara, click here. Now head to the Maritime Trade Gallery and search for a painting of Xiamen. Xiamen was one of the main ports in Fujian province, China, and one of the major centres of trade with Southeast Asia. The majority of Chinese in Southeast Asia trace their ancestral roots to Fujian province. Click here to read more on the scene painted. How many different vessels can you spot in the painting?
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