1606 Mercatur Hondius Japan
This beautiful reproduction of the original manuscript map of “Iaponiae Insulae Descriptio” was hand painted on cotton by expatriate Tibetan monks living in exile in Khatmandu. The rich colors were derived from pigments, hand mixed in traditional fashion, handed down over the centuries, using precious mineral and vegetable dyes. Painstaking medieval painting techniques were also employed. The earliest significant European map of Japan was produced by Luis Teixeira, a Jesuit (Father Ludovico Teixeira, or Tesseira). This map was prepared in about 1592 and enclosed with a letter Teixeira sent to Abraham Ortelius dated February 20, 1592. The map, entitled Iaponiae Insulae Descriptio, appeared as an addendum to Ortelius’ atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, published in 1595. Luis Teixeira, who was the son of Pedro Fernandez, the founder of a large family of cartographers, had been appointed cartographer to the Spanish crown in 1569. There is no evidence that he ever went east, let alone to Japan. Teixeira’s map, which was reprinted and copied over the next fifty to sixty years, represented a landmark in the cartography of Japan, and many subsequent European maps of Japan owed at least something to Teixeira. The map is distinguished by its depiction of Japan as three main islands. Korea is shown as a long island with an elongated point. The map was copied in the Mercator-Hondius atlas of 1606 with minor modifications and entitled Iaponia. The cartouches are different, as are the sailing ships which have been reduced in number to two. An ornamental dolphin is depicted south of Korea, on which there is a brief note in Latin to the effect that in war the Koreans are energetic, but cruel and barbarous.
What is a Mirrored Print & Gallery Wrap?
Canvas for Gallery Wrap
Take a good look at your print. The edges are mirrored, so that, the complete image is shown on the face of the frame once it is wrapped. In other words, You don’t lose any of the artwork. Our 2½” mirrored borders, allow your finished product to have a variety of thickness up to 2” deep. Therefore, make sure you choose an experienced framer who can make the frame to the exact specs of your custom print.
Hand-made Rattan Frames
Though the design has changed over the years, we commission these Rattan frames through a small family owned company in The Philippines. Your frame is the result of trial and error of the last 20 years! Rattan is a vine-like Palm that requires forest cover in order to thrive. Rattan grows throughout the jungle for over a quarter of a mile. Its trunk can span a diameter of over two inches down to the thickness of a human hair. The harvester’s collection process is performed by hand by a simple machete. Ultimately, the rattan vine cannot survive without the forest. Rattan quickly regenerates. As a result, this method of harvesting protects the destruction of the forest.
1606 Mercatur Hondius Japan
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