Curator of Oriental Art and Director of the Cleveland Museum, Sherman Lee has devoted a good many years (considering his youth) to the study of his field, and is admirably equipped to fill a long-felt need for a one-volume survey of the visual arts of Asia. The extraordinary scope of the volume, covering as it does India, along with Ceylon, Southeast Asia (including Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand), China, Korea and Japan, presents the architecture, sculpture, painting and the decorative arts against a background of comparative history and a world view of influences that have dominated artistic development. Books in this realm for the most part have been isolated in particular areas. Here the layman has, for the first time, the opportunity to comprehend the interrelationship of religion and art, the emphasis political aspects have indicated, the way of life that directs the focus and interest. Absorbingly interesting and revealing for anyone who has traveled- or even read extensively -- in the Far East, this book makes the arts of the Orient more meaningful. While the text is excellent, the illustrations (for the most part closely connected) provide a concentrated course in the subject.