Welcome to Storytelling at SBMA! We invite you to listen to stories told by our Museum educators and docents. Each story relates to an object in our permanent collection. Check back often for new stories added!

To listen, just hit the play button below the story titles.

The Tale of Bunshō, The Salt Maker

Mitsuoki, Tosa, The Tale of Bunshō, the Salt Maker, 1699. Ink, color, gold, and silver on paper; one of the three hanscrolls set. SBMA, Museum Purchase made possible by the John and Peggy Maximus Fund and SBMA Friends of Asian Art.

Momotaro, the Peach Boy

Shibata Zeshin, Momotaro (Peach Boy) Subjugating Demons, n.d. Ink on silk, hanging scrool. (2009.73)

The Story of Ganesha

Dancing Ganesha, Remover of Obstacles, India, Uttar Pradesh, 11th century. Sandstone. (2019.28)

The Story of Vajrabhairava

Vajrabhairava Embracing Consort, Tibetan, late 17th century. Gilded bronze with traces of paint. SBMA, Museum Purchase with the John and Peggy Maximus Fund

The Year of the Ox

Jiao Yi, Finger Painting of Ancient Oxen, 1979. Ink on paper; album of 14 paintings. SBMA, Gift of Kevin and Karen Baltazar.

The Legend of Perseus and Medusa

Antefix with the face of Medusa, Greek, South Italian, late 6th century BCE. Terracotta with traces of paint. SBMA, Gift of Robert M. Light and Donald Outerbridge, 1998.67.8.

Dancing Krishna

Processional Figure of Dancing Child Krishna, India, Tamil Nadu, late Chola period, 13th century. Bronze, 8 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. SBMA, Museum purchase,1970.9.
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