MS M.461, fols. 31v–32r

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Livre des merveilles du monde

France, probably Angers
ca. 1460
281 x 220 mm

Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) in 1911

MS M.461, fols. 31v–32r

Europe (left)

This explicitly comparative image sums up the ideological position of the manuscript, with European and African rulers meeting, their armies arrayed behind them; the text takes a strongly prejudiced position, claiming that the men of Europe are handsomer and stronger than those of Africa.

Frisia (right)

Litigants plead their cases before the purportedly incorruptible judges of Frisia.