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Comparative Timeline

This timeline will help your students place the objects in this kit into the larger context of important events in world history.
World History Events Works of Art in Learning from Asian Art: China
c. 2575–2130 BCE
The Old Kingdom, best known for the pyramids of Giza and Saqqarah, is one of the most innovative periods in Egyptian culture
Neolithic Period
10,000–c. 2100 BCE


Banshan Jar (c. 2600–2300 BCE)
800
On Christmas Day, Charlemagne is crowned emperor of the Holy Roman Empire
Tang Dynasty
618–907


Tomb Figure of a Bactrian Camel (618–907)
1271
Marco Polo, his father, and his uncle journey to India and East Asia
Yuan Dynasty
1271–1368


Guanyin (1271–1368)
1400
Geoffrey Chaucer dies, leaving The Canterbury Tales, one of the great works of English literature, incomplete
Ming Dynasty
1368–1644


Bowl (early 15th century)
1503–10
Renaissance artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci paints The Mona Lisa and designs the horizontal waterwheel
Shen Zhou’s Landscape (c. 1500)
1648
India’s Taj Mahal is completed by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan
Reception Hall from the Palace of Duke Zhao
(first half of the 17th century)
1683
The imperial kilns are rebuilt at Jingdezhen, China, leading to a renaissance in the production of high-quality porcelains
Qing Dynasty
1644–1911


Seated Lady Holding a Fan
(late 17th to early 18th century)
1784
Benjamin Franklin invents bifocals
Dog Cage (Qianlong Period, 1736–1795)

Moon Crystal (Qianlong Period, 1736–1795)
1861–65
American Civil War

1874
Claude Monet and other Impressionist painters hold their first public exhibition
Daoist Priest’s Robe (c. 1850–1900)

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