Splendors of Imperial Japan presents the world's most comprehensive collection of Japanese art of the Meiji period (1868 - 1912). Organized both chronologically and by subject, this book includes sections on lacquer, metalwork, enamels, porcelain, textiles and Satsuma ware. It also examines the historical and mythological dimensions of, as well as the religious inspiration behind, the hundreds of items of Meiji period artefacts introduced in this volume. Beautifully illustrated and with a thoroughly researched text, Splendors of Imperial Japan is essential reference material not only for academics and historians of Japanese art, but for all those interested in the comparative arts of the world. Joe Earle was Keeper of the Far Eastern Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, from 1983 to 1987. He has also written, edited and translated many books on Japanese art and culture.