Jun 06, 2019 - Sale 2512

Sale 2512 - Lot 233

Price Realized: $ 5,750
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Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000
ZUDA ROKASHI (Priest Hotan.) Nansenbushu Bankoku Shoka No Zu. Woodcut map on 16 sheets joined. 46x56 inches overall, folding into original plain self-wrappers with printed paper label pasted to upper cover; light staining, small repairs to a few fold intersections. Kyoto: Uhei Bundaiken, 1710

Additional Details

Large and important wall map combining conceptual Buddhist cosmology and contemporary cartography, the earliest printed Japanese world map to feature such a representation. The map is based on a Buddhist perspective of the world with India at the center. At its heart a whorl appears, symbolizing the four major rivers of the region: the Ganges, Indus, Brahmaputra and the Sutlej each originating from the heads of a horse, lion, elephant and an ox. Contemporary geography is related showing Europe ... Large and important wall map combining conceptual Buddhist cosmology and contemporary cartography, the earliest printed Japanese world map to feature such a representation. The map is based on a Buddhist perspective of the world with India at the center. At its heart a whorl appears, symbolizing the four major rivers of the region: the Ganges, Indus, Brahmaputra and the Sutlej each originating from the heads of a horse, lion, elephant and an ox. Contemporary geography is related showing Europe as a series of islands in the upper left, China and Japan to the right, and South America depicted as an island in the lower right.

together with: a faithfully drawn early manuscript version of the printed map. 18 sheets of thin washi joined measuring 44x54 inches overall; small area of loss at upper left.