Livre des merveilles du monde
France, probably Angers
281 x 220 mm
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) in 1911
MS M.461, fols. 74v–75r
Here, the illuminator presents a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary, whose breast lactates oil.
China is depicted as not only far away, but inaccessible, divided from Europe by both snow and monsters, and, following a longstanding racist stereotype, the inhabitants of China are characterized as shy and cowardly, hiding behind rocks while European traders leave goods on the beach for them to find later.