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Ancient Vietnam: Ports of Call
Asia Society
A video showing the objects in “Arts of Ancient Viet Nam: From River Plain to Open Sea,” narrated by the curator. "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... As long as two thousand years ago, a maritime trade route extended from southern China to Roman-controlled ports in the Persian Gulf and Red Sea, via ports in what is now northern Vietnam, Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan and Iran. As a result of this exchange, Vietnam developed unique art objects with connections to China, India, and other cultures of Southeast Asia… The exhibition focuses on four areas and ports of call: 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.” This was a trade in luxury goods, where merchants had to follow the monsoon winds sailing east and west. See also: Arts of Ancient Viet Nam: From River Plain to Open Sea

Go to Museum Resource: https://asiasociety.org/video/ancient-viet-nam-ports-call-complete
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/
Timeline of Art History: Southeast Asia, 1600–1800 A.D.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"In mainland Southeast Asia, courtly and urban centers flourish in prosperous regional kingdoms, such as that of Ayudhya in Thailand. Conflicting relationships between these polities often lead to changing boundaries." With a period overview, list of key events, and 4 related artworks. Also has links to timelines of Oceania, South Asia, and the Himalayan Region during this time, plus additional information about the Dutch East India Company, which was active in Indonesia from 1602 to 1768.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/ht/?period=09®ion=sse
Timeline of Art History: Southeast Asia, 1800–1900 A.D.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"Over the course of the nineteenth century, Southeast Asia is colonized by Britain, France, and Holland. In 1799, the Dutch government takes over the Dutch East India Company's rule of parts of the Indonesian archipelago." With a period overview, list of key events, and 7 related artworks. Also has links to timelines of Oceania, South Asia, and the Himalayan Region during this time, plus additional information about the Spanish colonial period in the Philippines (1542-1898).

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/ht/?period=10®ion=sse
Timeline of Art History: Southeast Asia, 1900 A.D.–present
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"Most of Southeast Asia continues to be colonized during the first half of the twentieth century: Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos by the French; Malaysia and Myanmar (Burma) by the British; Indonesia by the Dutch; and the Philippines by the United States. Only Thailand remains independent." With a period overview, list of key events, and 5 related artworks. Also has links to timelines of Oceania, South Asia, and the Himalayan Region during this time.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/ht/?period=11®ion=sse
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