World Map Large Historical Antique Vintage Canvas Print Chinese Annotation Art

July 1st 2017 -

World Map Large Historical Antique Vintage Canvas Print Chinese Annotation Art

World Map Large Historical Antique Vintage Canvas Print Chinese Annotation Art

World Map Large Historical Antique Vintage Canvas Print Chinese Annotation Art

World Map Large Historical Antique Vintage Canvas Print Chinese Annotation Art

World Map Large Historical Antique Vintage Canvas Print Chinese Annotation Art

World Map Large Historical Antique Vintage Canvas Print Chinese Annotation Art

World Map Large Historical Antique Vintage Canvas Print Chinese Annotation Art

World Map Large Historical Antique Vintage Canvas Print Chinese Annotation Art

World Map Large Historical Antique Vintage Canvas Print Chinese Annotation Art

World Map Large Historical Antique Vintage Canvas Print Chinese Annotation Art

World Map Large Historical Antique Vintage Canvas Print Chinese Annotation Art

World Map Large Historical Antique Vintage Canvas Print Chinese Annotation Art

T he New York Times called this giant six panel world map known as the Kunyu Wanguo Quantu a Big Map That Shrank the World. Created by an Italian missionary, Matteo Ricci, for the Chinese Wanli Emperor in 1602, it is a work of great beauty and historical significance. It was the first map in Chinese to show the Americas and has been said to represent the first meeting of East and West. ” As one newspaper described, “. Map enthusiasts have dubbed it’the impossible black tulip of cartography,’ because of its rarity, importance and exoticism. “There is some distortion, but what’s on the map is the result of commerce, trade and exploration, so one has a good sense of what was known” in the late 1500s and early 1600s. It makes for an incredible showpiece wall hanging. This world map is rich in cartographic detail and covered in Chinese annotation describing, among many other things, a Russian Country of Dwarfs in which the inhabitants, both male and female, are only about 1 foot high, [are] constantly devoured by cranes, [and must] live in caves in order to escape. And in Canada, the Emperor was told, inhabitants are kindly and hospitable to strangers, but the people living in the mountains kill one another all year round and spend their time in fighting and robbery. They feed exclusively on snakes, ants, spiders, and other creeping things. The corners include beautiful illustrations of the poles and the geocentric orbits of the sun and the moon. The gorgeous, high resolution print is spread across six wrapped canvas panels just as the original Ricci map was spread across six panels. The sides of each panel are solid colored so no part of the map itself is obscured when viewed from the front and to ensure borders align (to the extent they aligned in the original). The wall map is available here in five sizes, ranging from 36″ x 16″ (six 6″ x 16″ panels) to the giant option that most closely approximates the original. While the panels are of nearly identical proportions to allow for level hanging, each panel and collection of panels will have slight imperfections. And because there were very slight border misalignments across the original six-panel map, those imperfections are preserved here. These features give the prints their one-of-a-kind character. Each panel has premium backing including a dust cover, mounting hardware, and bumpers. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. The item “World Map Large Historical Antique Vintage Canvas Print Chinese Annotation Art” is in sale since Wednesday, July 01, 2015. This item is in the category “Home & Garden\Home Décor\Posters & Prints”. The seller is “ben16t” and is located in Washington, District Of Columbia. This item can be shipped to United States.
  • Brand: Canvas
  • Subject: History
  • Style: Vintage

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