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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...
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-...
Arts of the Samurai
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
"The term samurai is derived from the word saburau, or “one who serves.” The evolution of the samurai from mounted guards to the nobility (during the twelfth century) and their subsequent ascent to military leaders of Japan (until imperial restoration during the nineteenth century) is chronicled in distinctive warrior arts and literary tradition. This packet examines the samurai through precious art objects from the museum’s collection. These include authentic military equipment (arms and armor), paintings depicting famed conflicts, ceremonial attire, and objects created for religious and cultural pursuits strongly connected with the samurai class." Please note that the .pdf version of this educator resource packet can be downloaded for free. The PayPal link next to the resource is for buying the packet in booklet form with an image CD and slides.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asianart.org/educatorresources.htm
The Asian Art Digital Teaching Project: Japan
Columbia University and The National Endowment for the Humanities
A module for "classroom presentation or student study" of two important scrolls from the Kamakura Period -- Illustrated Legends of the Kitano Shrine (Kitano Tenjin Engi) and Illustrated Sutra of the Miracles of Kannon.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.learn.columbia.edu/nehasian/html/neh_geo_con_japan.html
Classic Court Culture: Media of Reception and Identity
Princeton University Art Museum
An overview of Japan during the Heian period (794-1185). With three representative objects, all with lengthy descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://etcweb.princeton.edu/asianart/timeperiod_japan.jsp?ctry=Japan&pd=Heian
Exploring Japan: An Interactive Learning Experience
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
"Exploring Japan for grade six students offers students an opportunity for self-directed learning: three 'Learning Objects' may be investigated through a variety of delivery systems including maps, imagery, video clips and didactic material." The following topics are covered under each "Learning Object": 1) Samurai -- Arms and Armour; 47 Ronin; Bushido; Noh Theatre; 2) Meiji -- Geography; Technology; The Emperor; Lifestyles; 3) Spirituality -- Haniwa; Shinto; Buddhism; Confucianism. See the "Information for Teachers" section for a full list of learning objectives for each section.

Go to Museum Resource: http://aggv.ca/sites/default/virtual_exhibits/exploring_japan/index.html?q=exhi...
Five Thousand Years of Japanese Art: Treasures from the Packard Collection
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Online presentation of a 2009-2010 exhibition celebrating "the thirty-fifth anniversary of the acquisition of the Packard Collection, showcasing its particular strengths in archaeological artifacts, Buddhist iconographic scrolls, ceramics, screen paintings of the Momoyama and Edo periods (sixteenth through nineteenth centuries), and sculptures of the Heian and Kamakura periods (ninth through fourteenth centuries)." With images of 181 works from the exhibition.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/special/se_event.asp?OccurrenceId={ED61A36E-C1C2-4C15-...
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
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