MS M.461, fols. 75v–76r

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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. 75v–76r

Sri Lanka and Tuscany

While Sri Lanka, above—known as Taprobane in the Middle Ages—was often presented as a land of dragons, here it is depopulated of people or beasts, simply appearing as a fertile and inviting place. Tuscany, below, is characterized by healthful rivers and elaborate death rites.