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Shang/Zhou dynasty, ca. 1600–256 B.C.
Princeton University Art Museum
A detailed introduction to Shang and Zhou China. With a map and four representative objects, all with lengthy descriptions and two with a 360-degree rotate view.

Go to Museum Resource: http://etcweb.princeton.edu/asianart/timeperiod_china.jsp?ctry=China&pd=Shang%7...
Teaching The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology
National Gallery of Art
Teaching materials developed in conjunction with the exhibition The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology: Celebrated Discoveries from The People's Republic of China. Organized into four sections, each with images and descriptions of 4 to 6 related objects: 1) Late Prehistoric China (archaeology, jade, pottery); 2) Bronze Age China (Fu Hao tomb excavations; Sanxingdui findings); 3) Chu and Other Cultures (Marquis Yi tomb excavations); 4) Early Imperial China (excavations at the tomb of the First Emperor). Also with pronunciation guide and glossary, chronology, list of additional resources, and list of teaching activities.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.nga.gov/education/chinatp_splash.shtm
Timeline of Art History: China, 2000–1000 B.C.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"Metalworking, especially in bronze, develops throughout China." With a period overview, list of key events, and 3 related artworks. Also has links to additional information about the Shang dynasty (ca. BCE 1600-1050) and Western Zhou dynasty (ca. BCE 1046-771), an abridged list of Chinese emperors, and timelines of Japan and Korea during this time.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/ht/?period=03®ion=eac
Timeline of Art History: China, 8000–2000 B.C.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"Evidence of pottery making appears during the Early Neolithic period with the rise of agriculture and sedentary living." With a period overview, list of key events, and 3 related artworks. Also has links to additional information about China's neolithic period (ca. BCE 10,000-2000), an abridged list of Chinese emperors, and timelines of Japan and Korea during this time.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/ht/?period=02®ion=eac
Treasures from a Lost Civilization: Ancient Chinese Art from Sichuan
Seattle Art Museum
Online presentation of a 2001 exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum. Select Sanxingdui, Zhou, or Han at the top of the page for information about each, including a gallery of related objects and "Things to Consider" for each topic.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Exhibit/Archive/sichuan/default.htm
Treasures from a Lost Civilization: Ancient Chinese Art from Sichuan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Online presentation of a 2002 exhibition that "presents the fascinating art and material culture of ancient Sichuan, in remote southwest China, uncovered by archaeology of the last 15 years. The 128 works of art on exhibit include monumental bronze images of deities, lively human figures, fantastic ritual vessels, exquisite jades, and spirited ceramic sculptures dating from the late phase of Sanxingdui culture (13th–11th century B.C.) to the Han dynasty (3rd century B.C.–3rd century A.D.). " With images of 10 related artifacts.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/special/se_event.asp?OccurrenceId={694886CB-280A-11D5-...
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