Art And Humanities
ART2369
Arts of Asia

The following is a Saylor.org art history course. This course serves as an introduction to the major pre-Modern artistic traditions of India, China, and Japan. It is organized into three units that focus on the art and architecture of India, China, and Japan respectively. Each unit is structured chronologically. After completing this course, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the arts and architecture of pre-Modern India, China, and Japan and their relationship to the history and culture of their respective times and places.

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This is the course information for Arts of Asia.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline...

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Archaeological Survey of India webpage

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PBS webpage on The Story of India

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National Gallery of Art: National Gallery of Art: ...

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Patricia Buckley Ebrey’s “A Visual Sourcebook of C...

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Asian Historical Architecture webpage

Unit 1: The Art and Archi...

India has a long and rich tradition of art and architecture that dates back to the third millennium BCE. This unit will cover the arts of India from the Indus Valley Civilization (c. 2600-1900 BCE) through the Mughal Empire (1526-1858). Focusing on Buddhist, Hindu, and Islamic art, this unit examines the religious role of Indian art while also stressing the impact that political patronage had on the development of religious art and architecture. After completing this unit, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the major artistic traditions of India and how they have been shaped by Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam.

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Unit 1 Outline: The Art & Architecture of India

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1.1 PBS webpage on Indus Valley Civilization (c. 2...

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1.2.1 Overview of Buddhism and Indian..., Part 1 -...

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1.2.1 Overview of Buddhism and Indian..., Part 2 -...

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1.2.1 Overview of Buddhism and Indian..., Part 3 -...

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1.2.2 PBS webpage on Emperor Ashoka (c.269-233 BCE...

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1.2.3 The Kushan Empire..., Part 1 - Art of the Si...

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1.2.3 iTunes U Asian Art Museum of San Francisco l...

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1.2.4 The Ajanta Caves - Archaeological Survey of ...

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1.3.1 Overview of Hinduism and Hindu Art - Metropo...

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1.3.2 The Freer and Sackler Gallery webpage on Ch...

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Beliefs Made Visible: Hindu Art in South Asia (Par...

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1.3.3 Archaeological Survey of India webpage on E...

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1.3.4 Mahabalipuram - Archaeological Survey of Ind...

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1.3.5 Dravidian/Southern Temple Architecture - Arc...

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1.3.6 Nagaran/Northern Temple Architecture, Pt 1 -...

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1.3.6 iTunes U Asian Art Museum of San Francisco l...

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1.4.1 General Characteristics of Islamic Art, Pt1 ...

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1.4.1 General Characteristics of Islamic Art, Pt2 ...

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1.4.2 Mughal Art and Architecture, Part 1 - The Vi...

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1.4.2 PBS webpage on Fatehpur Sikri Mughal Art and...

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1.4.2 PBS webpage on Taj Mahal Mughal Art and Arch...

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Unit 2: The Art and Archi...

This unit introduces the art and architecture of China from the Shang (c.1600-1050 BCE) through the Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Examining art from first millennium BCE through second century CE tombs, it begins by looking at the “Great Bronze Age of China” and the role that art played in the founding of the first Chinese Empires. We will then focus on the introduction of Buddhism to China and its role in Chinese art through the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The unit concludes by exploring the development of three artistic traditions—calligraphy, painting, and porcelain—in the Song (960-1279) through Qing Dynasties. After completing this unit, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the major artistic traditions of China and their relationship to contemporary political, social, and religious developments.

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Unit 2 Outline: Art and Architecture of China

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2.1 iTunes U Asian Art Museum of San Francisco lec...

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2.1.1 Patricia Buckley Ebrey webpages on The Shan...

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2.1.2 Patricia Buckley Ebrey webpages on The West...

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2.2.1 The Qin Dynasty (221-206 BCE), Part 1 - Qin ...

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2.2.1 iTunes U Asian Art Museum of San Francisco l...

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2.2.2 The Han Dynasty (206 BCE- 220 CE), Part 1 - ...

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2.2.2 Archaeology photo galleries on The Han Dynas...

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2.2.2 Patricia Buckley Ebrey webpages on The Han D...

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2.2.2 Cornell University webpage on The Han Dynast...

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2.2.2 The Han Dynasty (206 BCE- 220 CE), Part 5 - ...

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2.2.2 Princeton University Art Museums interactive...

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2.2.2 Professor Anthony J. Barbieri-Low webpage an...

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The British Museum pages on The Han Dynasty (206 B...

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2.3.1 Period of Disunion & Chinese Buddhism, Pt 1 ...

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2.3.1 Period of Disunion & Chinese Buddhism, Pt 2 ...

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2.3.1 Period of Disunion & Chinese Buddhism, Pt 3 ...

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Chinese Buddhist Cave Shrines

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2.3.2 The Tang Dynasty (618-907), Part 1 - Interna...

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The British Museum pages on The Tang Dynasty (618-...

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2.4.1 The Song Dynasty (960-1279), Part 1 - Northe...

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2.4.1 The Song Dynasty (960-1279), Part 2 - Southe...

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The British Museum pages on The Yuan Dynasty (1271...

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2.4.3 Calligraphy and Chinese Landscape..., Pt 1 -...

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Appreciating Chinese Calligraphy

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2.4.3 Calligraphy and Chinese Landscape..., Pt 3 -...

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2.5.1 The Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Part 2 - The F...

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The British Museum pages on The Ming Dynasty (1368...

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2.5.2 The Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Part 1 - The M...

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2.5.3 Ming and Qing Porcelain, Part 2 - Metropolit...

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2.5.3 iTunes U Asian Art Museum of San Francisco ...

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The Forbidden City - Asian Art Museum video

Unit 3: The Art and Archi...

This unit serves as an introduction to the art and architecture of Japan from the Jomon (c.10,500-300BCE) through Edo (1615-1868) Periods. After looking at the art of prehistoric and proto-historic Japan, this unit examines seventh through twelfth century Japanese art and its adoption and adaptation of Buddhist and royal artistic traditions from Korea and China. This unit then focuses on Japanese art from the thirteenth through nineteenth centuries, when Japan was controlled by the warrior class, which was comprised of active patrons of the arts and Buddhism. After completing this unit, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the major artistic traditions of Japan and their relationship to contemporary political, social, and religious developments.

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Unit 3 Outline: The Art and Architecture of Japan

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3.1.1 Jomon (c.10,500-300 BCE) - Metropolitan Muse...

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The British Museum pages on the Yayoi Period..., P...

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The British Museum pages on the Kofun Period (c. 3...

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3.2.1 Asuka and Nara Periods (538-794), Part 1 - M...

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3.2.1 Asuka and Nara Periods (538-794), Part 2 - H...

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Ancient Temples of Nara Japan

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3.2.2 Heian Period (794-1185), Part 1 - Metropolit...

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3.2.2 Heian Period (794-1185), Part 2A

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3.2.2 Heian Period (794-1185), Part 2B

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3.2.2 Heian Period (794-1185), Part 3 - Byodo-in -...

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3.3.1 The Metropolitan Museum of Art webpage on Ka...

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3.3.2 Muromachi Period (1392-1573) - Metropolitan ...

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3.3.3 Samurai and Shoguns, Part 1 - Metropolitan M...

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3.3.3 Samurai and Shoguns, Part 2 - Metropolitan M...

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3.3.4 Zen Buddhism, Part 1 - Metropolitan Museum o...

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3.3.4 Zen Buddhism, Part 2 - Ryoan-ji - Asian Hist...

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3.4.1 Momoyama Period (1573-1615), Part 1 - Metrop...

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3.4.1 Momoyama Period (1573-1615), Part 2 - Columb...

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3.4.1 Momoyama Period (1573-1615), Part 3 - The Ka...

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3.4.2 Edo Period (1615-1868), Part 1 - Art of the ...

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3.4.2 Edo Period (1615-1868), Part 2 - Katsura Imp...

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3.4.2 Edo Period (1615-1868), Part 3 - Nijo Castle...

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From Castle to Palace: Samurai Architecture

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3.4.2 Edo Period (1615-1868), Part 5 - Rinpa Paint...

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3.4.2 Edo Period (1615-1868), Part 6 - Ukiyo-e: Pi...

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Hokusai and Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints from ...

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Asian Historical Architecture article on Todai-ji