Silla Horse Painting
A painting of a winged horse on a birch bark saddle flap. From the Heavenly Horse Tomb, Gyeongju, Korea. Silla, 5-6th century CE.
The five-storey pagoda of the Buddhist Horyuji monastery, Nara, Japan. 607 CE. The pagoda is over 35 metres (100 ft.) high.
A 1765 CE print depicting the 11th century CE Japanese poetess Izumi Shikibu (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA)
An illustration depicting Japanese Emperor Toba (r. 1107-1123 CE)
Smaller Aten Temple, Amarna
The Small Aten Temple, built during the reign of Akhenaten (1353-1336 BCE), is still visible today due to reconstruction efforts following the in situ ancient gypsum building plan. Amarna, Egypt. Photo by Kyera Giannini (2009).
Ancient Korean or Japanese Jar
This jar was excavated from a box-style stone coffin in Daishogunyama Tumulus on Tsushima, the Japanese island closest to the Korean peninsula. Its round body was created by lightly beating the outer surface of the bottom part with a beating...
Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan
Kinkakuji Temple or the "Temple of the Golden Pavilion" was constructed in the 1390s CE as the retirement villa for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (r. 1368–1394 CE). It is comprised of a three-story pavilion — covered in luxurious gold...
Belfry at Byodoin Temple in Uji
This is an ancient bell at the Byodoin Temple in Uji, Japan, which is located not too far from the city of Kyoto.
Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan
The Fushimi Inari Shrine near Kyoto (Heiankyo), Japan is the largest and most important shrine dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice and prosperity. The shrine was founded in 711 CE by the Hata clan and moved from its original location...
Sumer was the southernmost region of ancient Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq and Kuwait) which is generally considered the cradle of civilization. The name comes from Akkadian, the language of the north of Mesopotamia, and means “land of the...