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Age of Military Rule: Cycles of Restoration and Destruction
Princeton University Art Museum
An overview of Japan during the Kamakura (1185-1333), Kenmu (1333-1336), Nanbokuchō (1337-1392), and Muromachi (1333/36-1568) periods. With five representative objects, all with lengthy descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://etcweb.princeton.edu/asianart/timeperiod_japan.jsp?ctry=Japan&pd=Kamakur...
Age of the Great Khan: Painting and Calligraphy in the Mongol Yuan Dynasty
National Palace Museum
A comprehensive resource for art under Mongol China, with images organized into four sections: 1) Marco Polo; 2) Recluse Scholars; 3) Polyethnic Scholars; 4) The Imperial Clan. With text and additional subtopics under each section (mouseover images on topic pages to bring up each subtopic), plus a large selection of art works under each section. There is also a special section for teachers with resources on imperial portraiture, architecture, and revivalism in Yuan-dynasty painting, plus analysis of three specific paintings.

Go to Museum Resource: http://tech2.npm.gov.tw/khan/english/main_h_eng.htm
The Ancient Art of Writing: Selections from the History of Chinese Calligraphy
National Palace Museum
"To meet the need for recording information and ideas, unique forms of calligraphy (the art of writing) have been part of the Chinese cultural tradition through the ages. Naturally finding applications in daily life, calligraphy still serves as a continuous link between the past and the present. The development of calligraphy, long a subject of interest in Chinese culture, is the theme of this exhibit, which presents to the public selections from the National Palace Museum collection arranged in chronological order for a general overview." With a brief introduction and three paintings from the Yuan and Ming dynasties.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh99/writing9907/
The Art and Aesthetics of Form: Selections from the History of Chinese Painting
National Palace Museum
" ... throughout the ages, a hallmark of Chinese painting has been the pursuit of individuality and innovation within the framework of one's "symphonic" heritage. This exhibition represents a selection of individual "performances" from the Museum collection arranged in chronological order in order to provide an overview of some major traditions and movements in Chinese painting." With a brief overview and eight paintings from the Tang, Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasties.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh99/aesthetics9907/index.html
Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156–1868
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Online presentation of a 2009-2010 exhibition, the "first comprehensive exhibition devoted to the arts of the samurai" and "the first exhibition ever devoted to the subject of Japanese arms and armor conservation." With images of 27 objects.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/special/se_event.asp?OccurrenceId={F8E9ACA7-5B17-471F-...
Art of the Silk Road
University of Washington, Simpson Center for the Humanities
Online exhibit "organized as part of Silk Road Seattle, a collaborative public education project exploring cultural interaction across Eurasia from the first century BCE to the sixteenth century CE." With text and images organized into four categories: 1) Cultures (with a timeline from 400 BCE to 1600 CE); 2) Religions (Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Nestorianismism, Islam, Manichaeism); 3) Trade (text about trade routes, horses and camels, silk); 4) Intercultural Exchange.

Go to Museum Resource: http://depts.washington.edu/silkroad/exhibit/index.shtml
Arts of Ancient Viet Nam: From River Plain to Open Sea
Asia Society
"This exhibition brings together more than one hundred objects from ten museums across the diverse geographic expanse that is Viet Nam to illuminate the country’s long history of cultural and economic exchange. Most of the works on view in Arts of Ancient Viet Nam have never been shown in the United States, and many were unearthed in excavations over the last few decades. Although in the planning stages for over twenty years, the exhibition became possible only after the normalization of relations between Viet Nam and the United States in 1995." Organized into four sections: 1) Early Cultures: Dong Son and Sa Huynh; 2) Fu Nan in the Mekong River Delta; 3) Coastal Kingdoms of Champa; 4) Trade and Exchange in Hoi An.

Go to Museum Resource: http://sites.asiasociety.org/vietnam/
The Arts of Thailand
Victoria and Albert Museum
An introduction to the V&A's new Arts of Thailand exhibit, which "features the museum's finest Thai Buddhist sculptures in bronze and stone spanning the period from the 7th to the 19th centuries, together with works of decorative art in a wide variety of media associated both with the Thai court and with monasteries." Thirty-eight objects are featured online; all objects have descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/t/the-arts-of-thailand/
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