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Return of the Buddha: The Qingzhou Discoveries
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
"In 1996 a chance discovery in Qingzhou ... in the northeastern province of Shangdong, brought to light an incredible buried treasure. Workers leveling a school sports field stumbled upon a pit brimming with hundreds of broken, but otherwise well-preserved, sixth-century Buddhist statues." Content organized into five topics -- Discovery (about the excavation), Color, Styles, Gallery (featuring 9 sculptures), and Resources (links to related websites).

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/online/returnofbuddha/base.html
Sacred Texts: The Diamond Sutra
The British Library
The British Library's copy of the Diamond Sutra, printed in China and dating to 868 CE, is the world's earliest dated, printed book. A central text of Indian Buddhism, the Diamond Sutra was first translated from Sanskrit into Chinese in about 400 CE. This webpage gives background information on Buddhism, sutras, and the significance of the Diamond Sutra. There is also a link to detailed information about this particular copy of the Sutra, as well as excellent images and even a "Turning Pages" feature that gives viewers a close-up look at the Sutra.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/sacredtexts/diamondsutra.html
Compassion and Wisdom: Religious Sculptural Arts
National Palace Museum
A brief introduction plus one-page guide to Buddhist sculpture of the Northern, Sui, Tang, Sung, Liao, Ming, and Qing dynasty, plus the Buddhist art of Tibet and the Ta-li kingdom of Yunnan. With 5 related objects.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh95/religiousart/
Korean Buddhist Sculpture (5th–9th century)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A discussion of Buddhism's introduction to the Korean peninsula in 372 CE and its influence on artistic developments during the Three Kingdoms period (BCE 57 - 668 CE), specifically in architecture and sculpture.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/kobs/hd_kobs.htm
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...
Faith and Form: Selected Calligraphy and Painting from Japanese Religious Traditions
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Online presentation of a 2004 exhibition that was "distinguished by important examples of Buddhist and Shinto inspired calligraphy and painting." Features 13 objects from the exhibition, with audio commentary from the collectors about each object. An in-depth written guide to the objects is also available, as well as a video clip of the collectors discussing the works and the collection process.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/online/faithandform/
Look for the Symbol in the Sculpture
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Uses a 12th-century wooden sculpture of the Japanese Buddhist deity Fudô Myô-ô to demonstrate the role of symbolism in art.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1975.268.163
Zen Buddhism
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A brief introduction to Zen Buddhism and its influence on Japanese culture and art.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/zen/hd_zen.htm
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