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The Early Three Kingdoms Period
Articleby Mark Cartwright

The Early Three Kingdoms Period

The Early Three Kingdoms Period in ancient China, from 184 CE to 190 CE for the purposes of this article, was one of the most turbulent in China's history. With an ailing Han government unable to control its empire, brutal localised wars...
Archers in Ancient Chinese Warfare
Articleby Mark Cartwright

Archers in Ancient Chinese Warfare

The bow was the most common weapon in ancient Chinese warfare and the skill of using it was the most esteemed martial art for millennia. Archers were used as infantry, chariot riders, and cavalry over the centuries, and while the weapon's...
The Gold Crowns of Silla
Articleby Mark Cartwright

The Gold Crowns of Silla

The Silla Kingdom ruled south-eastern Korea during the Three Kingdoms period (1st century BCE - 7th century CE) and then, as the Unified Silla Kingdom, all of Korea from 668 to 935 CE. The Silla produced fine pieces of art, but their most...
The Tombs of Goguryeo
Articleby Mark Cartwright

The Tombs of Goguryeo

Goguryeo (Koguryo) ruled northern Korea during the Three Kingdoms period from the 1st century BCE to 7th century CE, and the best evidence of the kingdom's prosperity and artistry can be found in the many surviving tombs of the period. The...
Silla Pottery
Articleby Mark Cartwright

Silla Pottery

The pottery of ancient Korea stretches back to prehistory when simple brown wares were made and decorated with geometrical incisions and ends with the production of the superb celadons and white porcelain of the Goryeo dynasty but between...
Famous Buddhist Monks of Ancient Korea
Articleby Mark Cartwright

Famous Buddhist Monks of Ancient Korea

Throughout ancient Korea's history Buddhist monks were a particularly important element of state and religious affairs. From the 4th century CE onwards, in the Three Kingdoms period, they were members of a select section of society which...
Ancient Korea - The Three Kingdoms
Collectionby Mark Cartwright

Ancient Korea - The Three Kingdoms

The Three Kingdoms period in ancient Korea from the 1st century BCE to 7th century CE actually saw four states dominate the peninsula: Silla, Gaya, Baekje, and Goguryeo. All shared similar characteristics of government and a highly stratified...
Gilt-bronze Maitreya
Imageby Benjamin Shaw

Gilt-bronze Maitreya

A gilt-bronze statue of Maitreya (the coming Buddha). Three Kingdoms Period, c. 600 CE, Korea. (National Museum of Korea, Seoul, South Korea)
Three Kingdoms Period of China and the Rise of Xianbei in the year 229 CE
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Three Kingdoms Period of China and the Rise of Xianbei in the year 229 CE

This map depicts the boundaries of all major civilizations in East Asia at the beginning of the Three Kingdoms Period of China, with italics indicating nomadic bands and other tribal societies. Following the collapse of Han Dynasty in 220...
Maitreya Buddha, Three Kingdoms Period
Imageby National Museum of Korea

Maitreya Buddha, Three Kingdoms Period

A detail of a gilt bronze statue of the Maitreya (coming) Buddha. Three Kingdoms Period, Korea, c. 600 CE. Height: 80 cm. (National Museum of Korea, Seoul, South Korea)
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