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Map of the World

15th century

This double sheet from a cartographic manuscript titled Le Livre des routes et des royaumes (The Book of Roads and Kingdoms) is deeply indebted to the Ptolemaic view of the world as round. The focal point of commercial and cultural exchange, the Gulf occupies the most important place in this highly geometric representation borrowed from the theological symbolism of Arabic mathematics.

Louvre Abu Dhabi - Herve Lewandowski

Louvre Abu Dhabi - Herve Lewandowski

Louvre Abu Dhabi - Herve Lewandowski

Title: Map of the World
Geography: Iran or Iraq
Date: 15th century
Medium: ink, colours and gold on paper
Classification: manuscript
Dimensions: 27.5 x 33.0 x 0.0 cm
Inventory number: LAD 2016.004
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