Japan, 500-1000 A.D. [Timeline of Art History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art]
"The introduction of Buddhism to the Japanese archipelago from China and Korea in the sixth century causes momentous changes amounting to a fundamentally different way of life for the Japanese. Along with the foreign faith, Japan establishes and maintains for 400 years close connections with the Chinese and Korean courts and adopts a more sophisticated culture." With a period overview, list of key events, and five related artworks.
Powerful Soga clan in ancient Japan likely of Korean origin [Asahi Shimbun]
Japan Rediscovers its Korean Past [New York Times]
Asuka and Nara Periods [Timeline of Art History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art]
A short introduction, with images of three artworks in the museum's collection.
Early Statecraft and Buddhism: Structures of Power and Faith [Princeton University Art Museum]
An excellent short overview of the Asuka period, as well as the Kofun, Hakuho, and Nara periods.
Early Japan (50,000 BC - 710 AD) [About Japan: A Teacher's Resource]
An overview of Japanese history from 50,000 BCE to 710 CE. Section
5 is about the Asuka period (called the
Yamato period in this article).
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