A Medieval Latin Description of Banda, Eastern Indonesia

Fig. 1 — The location of the Banda Islands in eastern Indonesia. See also my earlier post on the size of Banda — it really is a tiny place, and yet it is mentioned by name in medieval texts from China to Italy.
Fig. 2— Rome, BAV, Urb.lat.224, f.46v.
Fig. 3— Pigafetta’s description of <Bolon|diuata> in his account of the first circumnavigation from the oldest surviving manuscript, a French version dated 1525. New Haven, Beinecke Library, Beinecke MS 351, f.80v.
Fig. 4— The lory is the red-and-green bird at the back of the painting on the right. Note also the cockatoo on the left (the white bird). ‘Madonna della Vittoria’ by Andrea Mantegna. Paris, Musée du Louvre, inv. no. 369.
Fig. 5— A picture of the cockatoo in an early French translation of Frederick II’s falconry manual. Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Français 12400, f.30v.

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Posting about ancient and medieval Indonesia, up to ~1500 CE. Mainly into 14th & 15th century stuff, but earlier is fine too.

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Posting about ancient and medieval Indonesia, up to ~1500 CE. Mainly into 14th & 15th century stuff, but earlier is fine too.

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