Over the past four decades, Kimiko and John Powers amassed what has become recognized as the premier collection of Japanese art in the United States. One of the largest and most comprehensive collections outside of Japan, the Powers Collection contains 300 works, including 17th- and 18th-century scholarly paintings, hanging scrolls, Buddhist wood and lacquer sculptures, calligraphy, and illuminated documents. Unrivalled Splendor showcases more than eighty artworks from this vaunted collection, featuring breathtaking masterpieces as well as related works that illustrate the religious, social, intellectual, and aesthetic values of Japan across several centuries. An essay by Miyeko Murase and texts based on the research and writings of John M. Rosenfeld discuss these diverse and important objects, which tell the story of Japan's artistic development and its enduring cultural heritage. Generously illustrated in full color, this book reveals these works in their true splendor.
Christine Starkman is curator of Asian art, ancient to contemporary, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.