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The Mystery of Bronzes
National Palace Museum
Online presentation of an exhibition about the metal smelting and bronze casting technologies developed during the Shang and Chou (Zhou) dynasties. The EXPLORATION AND DISCOVERY section has a series of still images of interactive kiosks featured in the original exhibition, with general information about mining, smelting, and casting.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh95/mbronzes/
The Neolithic Age: The Beginning of Civilization (pre-1600 B.C.E.)
National Palace Museum
A brief introduction plus one-page guide to cultural production during China's neolithic age. With 4 related objects (three jade and one pottery).

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh95/begin/
Neolithic Era, 3000-1500 B.C.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
"The earliest known Chinese Stone Age culture was the relatively sophisticated Yang-shao, whose people lived in rudimentary settlements and hunted for game with carved stone spears." A brief, one-paragraph overview, along with a map, a video clip featuring an MIA curator, and 15 objects representative of the period.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/history/dynasty-neolithic.cfm
Neolithic Period in China
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A brief discussion of the material culture of China's neolithic period (ca. BCE 10,000-2000), specifically painted pottery and jade carvings. WIth 3 related artworks.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/cneo/hd_cneo.htm
Neolithic Period, ca. 8000–ca. 2000 B.C.
Princeton University Art Museum
A detailed introduction to Neolithic China. Discusses the Yangshao (ca. 4800-ca. 3000 B.C.), Majiayao (ca. 3800-ca. 2000 B.C.), Dawenkou (ca. 4300-ca. 2400 B.C.), Qijia (ca. 2200-ca. 1800 B.C.), and Longshan (ca. 2600-ca. 2000 B.C.) cultures. With a map and two representative objects, both with lengthy descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://etcweb.princeton.edu/asianart/timeperiod_china.jsp?ctry=China&pd=Neolith...
Rituals Cast in Brilliance: Chinese Bronzes through the Ages
National Palace Museum
An in-depth look at Chinese bronzes. Topics include: 1) Ritual Objects from Shang Dynasty; 2) Clan Vessels and Weaponry during Shang and Zhou; 3) Ritual Objects from Zhou Dynasty; 4) Bronze Inscriptions from Western Zhou to the Spring and Autumn Period; 5) Ritual Vessels, Weapons, and Others during Eastern Zhou; 6) Bronzes from the Spring and Autumn to the Warring States Period; 7) Bronzes from Qin to Han; 8) Bronzes in the Frontier Style.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh99/bronzes/index.html
Shang and Zhou Dynasties: The Bronze Age of China
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A discussion of material culture during China's Bronze Age, which began around BCE 2000. Bronze production is discussed at length, along with jade carving. With 9 related artworks.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/shzh/hd_shzh.htm
Shang, 1523-1028 B.C.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
"Their cast-bronze weapons gave Shang kings military might." A brief, one-paragraph overview, along with a map, a video clip featuring an MIA curator, and 17 objects representative of the period.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/history/dynasty-shang.cfm
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