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Asuka and Nara Periods (538–794)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A brief introduction to Japan during the Asuka and Nara periods. With 3 related artworks.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/asna/hd_asna.htm
Asuka Period, 552-645
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
"Korean envoys introduced Buddhism to Japan in 552. Empress Suiko and the prince-regent Shotoku championed the new religion." A brief one-paragraph overview, with one object representative of the period.

Go to Museum Resource: http://archive.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/history/japan-asuka-period.cfm
Buddhist Art from China and Japan
The Cleveland Museum of Art
This lesson explores new objectives for art and examines how Chinese painting reflects Buddhist principles. Students learn to consider the meaning and significance of Buddhist mudras through the examination of images from the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.clevelandart.org/lesson-plan-packet/buddhist-art-china-and-japan
Confucius, Shotoku, and the Golden Rule
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Confucian thought, Prince Shotoku’s Constitution, and the Golden Rule provide an opportunity for teachers and students to develop a shared vision for learning and classroom relationships. By looking at these ancient sayings, modern-day students can formulate their own rules of conduct.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.clevelandart.org/lesson-plan-packet/confucius-shotoku-and-golden-rule
Heian Period (794–1185)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A brief overview of political and cultural developments in Japan during the Heian period. With 4 related artworks.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/heia/hd_heia.htm
Heian Period, 794-1185
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
"With the transferal of the capital from Nara to Heian-kyo (modern Kyoto) in 794, a new era began." A brief one-paragraph overview, with one object representative of the period.

Go to Museum Resource: http://archive.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/history/japan-heian-period.cfm
How to Identify a Buddha
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
"The earliest surviving representations of the Buddha date from hundreds of years after his death, so they are not portraits in the usual sense. Buddha images vary greatly from place to place and period to period, but they almost always show these conventional features..." Downloads includes student handouts and a teacher packet on Hindu Buddhist Art. See also An Introduction to Buddhism.

Go to Museum Resource: https://education.asianart.org/resources/how-to-identify-a-buddha/
An Introduction to Japanese Buddhism
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Buddhism was officially transmitted to Japan in 525, when the monarch of the Korean kingdom of Baekje sent a mission to Japan with gifts, including an image of the Buddha, several ritual objects, and sacred texts. Buddhism’s journey from India to China, Korea, and Japan had taken about a thousand years. See also An Introduction to Japanese Buddhism video with Professor Robert Sharf, University of California, Berkeley, discusses Japanese Buddhism at the Medieval Japan Teacher Institute at the Asian Art Museum.

Go to Museum Resource: https://education.asianart.org/resources/an-introduction-to-buddhism-in-japan/
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