Japanese Decorative Arts Of The Meiji PeriodBooks
The word 'Meiji' means 'enlightened government' and the new Japanese governmen of 1868 had as a primary aim the bringing of Japan into a new group of modern western industrial powers. One of the ways they decided to do this was to demonstrate to the world the brilliance of Japanese craftsmanship. New techniques, such as cloisonné enamel began to be developed for the first time in Japan. Active purchasing has meant that the Ashmolean now has a good representative collection of the highest quality.