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The British Library: Images Online
Thousands of images from the British Library's collection are available online here. Find Asia-specific images by typing in appropriate keyword(s) in the search box.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.imagesonline.bl.uk/index.asp
Chinese Printmaking Today: Woodblock Printing in China, 1980-2000
Examples of contemporary Chinese printmaking. See especially LEARNING section (at top of page) for ideograms of contemporary Chinese artist Xu Bing. Teacher's Notes and Suggested Activities can also be found on this page.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/features/chineseprints/intro.html
Guide to Sources Relating to China in the India Office Records
This guide to sources at the British Library provides excellent general background about British trade with China and British activities in Chinese Turkestan and Tibet. With images throughout.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/findhelpregion/asia/china/guidesources/
International Dunhuang Project: Silk Road Exhibition
An extensive image archive featuring manuscripts, paintings, textiles, sculptures, murals, coins, and other artifacts from six Silk Road excavation sites: 1) Samarkand; 2) Khotan; 3) Kroraina; 4) Miran; 5) Dunhang; 6) Gaochang. Excellent descriptive text with most objects. Also includes maps, site diagrams, and some photographs.

Go to Museum Resource: http://idp.bl.uk/education/silk_road/index.a4d
The International Dunhuang Project: The Silk Road Online
The International Dunhuang Project is "a ground-breaking international collaboration to make information and images of all manuscripts, paintings, textiles and artefacts from Dunhuang and archaeological sites of the Eastern Silk Road freely available on the Internet and to encourage their use through educational and research programs." This website is a truly comprehensive resource for teaching about the Silk Road. See especially the EDUCATION>TEACH section for teaching websites on various topics, including Buddhism on the Silk Road, medicine on the Silk Road, and cultural dialogue on the Silk Road.

Go to Museum Resource: http://idp.bl.uk/idp.a4d
Sacred Texts: Chinese Qur'an
This Chinese Qur'an from the 17th century "shows how Islamic styles of calligraphy and illumination were combined with local styles, symbols, and aesthetics that came from a very different culture." Featuring excellent high-resolution images of one leaf from this manuscript, along with background information about the Qur'an and Islam in China.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/sacredtexts/chinesequran.html
Sacred Texts: The Ashem Vohu
This is a "9th or 10th century Sogdian manuscript from Dunhuang, China," containing "a version of one of the holiest Zoroastrian prayers: the Ashem Vohu, composed originally in the Avestan (old Iranian) language." Featuring excellent high-resolution images of the manuscript, along with background information on the Songdians, Zoroastrianism in Central Asia, and the significance of this particular manuscript.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/sacredtexts/ashem.html
Sacred Texts: The Devimahatmya
This manuscript "written on palm-leaf" is "a Sanskrit hymn extolling the Goddess as the Supreme Principle of the Universe." This version was "copied in 'Newari' script in 1549 and illuminated in Nepal with 32 miniatures and painted covers in the reign of Jayapranamalla of Bhaktapur (1523–?1550) for the use of the king." Featuring excellent high-resolution images of the manuscript, along with background information on Hinduism.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/sacredtexts/devimahatmya.html
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