REPORT OF A MONSTER SENT TO THE EMPEROR FROM E WEI

MS 2459
MS Short Title REPORT OF A MONSTER SENT TO THE EMPEROR FROM E WEI
Text 1.REPORT OF A MONSTER SENT TO THE EMPEROR FROM E WEI, GOVERNOR OF SICHUAN PROVINCE 
2.NARRATIVE BY MARTINO MARTINI (MARTIGNY) CONFIRMING THE REPORT
Description MS in Chinese and Italian (text 2) on paper, Sichuan province, China, 1643-1661, 1+1 ff., 27x31 cm, 8 columns, 23-27 characters in Chinese script, full-page drawing of the monster; text 2: 7x6 cm, single column, 11 lines in a small cursive Italian script.
Provenance 1. E Wei, Governor of Sichuan Province, China (mid 17th c.); 1. Martino Martini, China (mid 17th c.); 2. Office of Cardinal Tournon, Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, (ca. 1710); 3. Auction, Germany (ca. 1994); 4. Sam Fogg cat. 19(1998):51.
Commentary From the report: Several soldiers, including Ding Wanghu, discovered in Guo Duoli a beast with a human body, but no head, and instead a hand growing from his neck. It has eyes on its belly and a mouth on its belly bottom. This beast came to the army camp and ate rice, but caused no harm to any people or animals. --- Later the soldiers chased him to a place called La Ha Huo. There, in the valley, there were many deep caves, and the beast jumped into one of them, where the soldiers discovered hundreds of these beasts ---. The Jesuit Martino Martini (b. 1614), lived in China 1643-1661. He was a geographer, and prepared the first modern atlas of China.
Place of origin Sichuan
Dates 1643-1661

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