Bronze Age, ca. 900 BCE to 300 BCE (Old Chosôn, 4th Century BCE)
Iron Age, from ca. 300 BCE (conquest and colonization by Chinese Han dynasty, 108 BCE)
1,000 B.C.-1 A.D. [Timeline of Art History, The Metropolitan
Museum of Art]
"During the first millennium B.C., bronze technology and then iron technology are introduced into the Korean peninsula, probably from the northern regions of the continental mainland, and are used to produce both utilitarian and ritual implements. Advances in metallurgy and a dependence on agriculture spur the development of a more complex social hierarchy, which is attested by increasingly elaborate burial practices." With a period overview, list of key events, and one related artwork.
Neolithic and Bronze Age Korea [The Art of Asia, Minneapolis Institute of Arts]
"Archaeologists believe the Koreans descended from the nomadic Mongolian tribes that lived in North and Central Asia." A brief one-paragraph overview, along with an image of one object representative of the period.
Iron Age Pottery: Bird-shaped Vessel [Arts of Korea, The Metropolitan Museum of Art]
Example of iron-age vessel with sculptural form, ca. second to third century BCE.
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