MS M.461, fols. 41v–42r

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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. 41v–42r


Like Ethiopia, India was highly exoticized in the Middle Ages. Accordingly, this image features a glorious array of monsters and marvels including a dragon, an elephant, a unicorn, dog-headed people called cynocephali, hairy wild men, and people who live on the smell of apples alone.