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The International Dunhuang Project: The Silk Road Online
The British Library
The International Dunhuang Project is "a ground-breaking international collaboration to make information and images of all manuscripts, paintings, textiles and artefacts from Dunhuang and archaeological sites of the Eastern Silk Road freely available on the Internet and to encourage their use through educational and research programs." A truly comprehensive resource for teaching about the Silk Road; see especially the education section for pages on various topics, including Buddhism on the Silk Road, medicine on the Silk Road, and cultural dialogue on the Silk Road.

Go to Museum Resource: http://idp.bl.uk/idp.a4d
Ancient Trade Routes between Europe and Asia
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A brief discussion of ancient trade routes between Europe and Asia, including the Silk and Spice Routes and the Incense Route. "New inventions, religious beliefs, artistic styles, languages, and social customs, as well as goods and raw materials, were transmitted by people moving from one place to another to conduct business."

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/trade/hd_trade.htm
Art of the Silk Road
University of Washington
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
Buddhist Art and the Trade Routes
Asia Society
An extensive site, covering three main topics: 1) Trade Routes; 2) Buddhism and its Imagery; and 3) India: Origins of Buddhist Art. Also discusses the Buddhist art of specific regions -- Korea/Japan; China/Mongolia; Himalayas; Southeast Asia; and Sri Lanka. With maps, images, a glossary of terms, and bibliography.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asiasocietymuseum.org/buddhist_trade/index.html
Buddhist Caves at Ajanta
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Learn about Buddhist caves. This is one of a series of caves excavated out of the volcanic rock that extends along a cliff overlooking the Wagora River at Ajanta, about two hours north of the present-day city of Aurangabad, in Maharastra state in western India.

Go to Museum Resource: https://education.asianart.org/resources/buddhist-caves-at-ajanta/
Chinese Buddhist Cave Shrines
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Explores ancient Buddhist cave shrines in China, including why the sites were created and the major sponsors and patrons. Includes 4 min video.

Go to Museum Resource: https://education.asianart.org/resources/chinese-buddhist-cave-shrines/
Connecting China and the Near East – Cross-cultural Influences in Art
National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution
Students will be able to explain how two objects (canteens)show the movement of artistic styles and ideas between the Near East and China.

Go to Museum Resource: https://asia.si.edu/learn/for-educators/teaching-china-with-the-smithsonian/les...
Defining Yongle: Imperial Art in Early Fifteenth-Century China
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
See the online exhibit as well as the exhibition publication.

Go to Museum Resource: https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2005/yongle-imperial-art
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