Jun 06, 2019 - Sale 2512

Sale 2512 - Lot 233

Price Realized: $ 5,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
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 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.