MS M.461, fols. 61v–62r

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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. 61v–62r

Pygmy (left)

The diminutive pygmies thought to reside in India are shown here; as is typical of medieval images of them, they are battling with their alleged eternal enemies, the cranes.

Poitou (right)

Poitou has mermaids in the sea, cranes born from driftwood, numerous vermin, and Mont-St-Michel rising over the horizon.