Dec 07, 2023 - Sale 2655

Sale 2655 - Lot 28

Price Realized: $ 4,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 5,000
(BUDDHIST WORLD VIEW.) Zuda Rokashi (Priest Hotan.) Nansenbushu Bankoku Shoka No Zu. Wall-size woodblock map of the world. 16 sheets joined, 47x56 inches overall and folding into worn paper self-wrappers; overdrawn with red character text and location points; a few places of reinforcement to fold versos. Kyoto: Uhei Bundaiken, 1710

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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.