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La fleur des histoires de la terre d’Orient by Hayton and Marco Polo’s Le livre des merveilles d’Asie
France, probably Paris, ca. 1410-1412
MS M.723 fol. 125r

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Marco Polo: Text, Livre des Merveilles, Book I, Chapter 57 -- Chinese man, possibly monk, possibly Nestorian Christian, kneels with hands joined in prayer before open niche containing altar with crucifix. Behind him, Chinese man kneels before nude statue (idol) on column.
Representation of kingdom of Erguiul in province of Tangut (Kansu).
Scene in landscape setting within gold frame.

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