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Art of the Australian Aborigines. Traditionally almost entirely religious and ceremonial, it was directed towards portraying stories of the Dreamtime, a creation mythology reflecting the Aboriginal hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Perishable materials were used, as in bark painting and carved trees and logs, and few early works of this type survive.
The geography of early Buddhist archaeological sites is in general associated with rivers, ancient coastlines, and trade routes by land and water.
Art and design of the Buddhist world, since the foundation of Buddhism, a philosophy that seeks enlightenment, by the Buddha Sakyamuni in the 5th century BC. The earliest Buddhist art developed in India to accommodate the new religion, including pillars and stupa, domed reliquary shrines that became the focus for pilgrims
The painting and sculpture of China. From the Bronze Age to the Cultural Revolution, Chinese art shows a stylistic unity unparalleled in any other culture. From about the 1st century AD Buddhism inspired much sculpture and painting. The Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220) produced outstanding metalwork, ceramics, and sculpture. The Song dynasty (960-1278) established standards of idyllic landscape and nature painting in a delicate calligraphic style.
The main features of Hindu culture originated in India. Its earliest sacred texts, the Vedas, date from c. 1500-900 bc, but the true flowering of Hindu art did not occur until the Gupta period ( ad c. 320-c. 540), when Buddhism began to wane.
Indian Art and Architecture
Works of art and architecture produced on the Indian subcontinent, which is now divided among India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. In the Western world, notable collections of Indian art can be seen in the British Museum, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, and in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
arly Japanese art was heavily influenced by China and Korea. Like other Far Eastern countries, Japanese art represented nature from a more spiritual perspective rather than pursuing scientific realism; nature was seen as a part of a whole to be projected through the life and experience of the individual artist, a view that became more clearly expressed with the arrival of Buddhism in the 6th century.
Southeast Asian Art and Architecture
ncludes works from the geographical area including the modern countries of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. The area is also known as Indochina. The art of this region draws from three major sources: indigenous traditions, China, and India.
Dedicated to the exhibition and study of the arts of Asia, this site highlights exhibitions in public and private institutions and galleries, with emphasis on China, Tibet, and Nepal. This site also has articles, classifieds, and links to resources.