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Mappa mundi

Michael Curschmann

in Grove Art Online

Volume Grove Art Online, issue Published in print August 1996 |
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054

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The medieval term mappa mundi (also forma mundi, historia/istoire) covers a broad array of maps of the world of which roughly 1100 survive. These have resisted systematic classification, but the clearly dominant type is one that aims at comprehensively symbolistic representation. Its early, schematic form is a disc composed of three continents surrounded and separated from one another by water (“T-O Map”) and associated with the three sons of Noah: Asia

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Subjects: Art

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