Map of the World

Ferdinad Verbiest1674

Kobe City Museum

Kobe City Museum
24 Kyo-machi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Japan

This world map is combined from 8 hanging scrolls drawn and described with wood-block printing and hand coloring. There is few complete combination of these prints in the World other this 8 hanging scrolls in the Kobe City Museum. They are presumed to be drawn and printed in Beijing in the 17th century. They were compiled by Ferdinand Verbiest (1623-88), who was a missionary of the Society of Jesus enhanced the propagation of Christianity in China. He entered China in 1659, and also spread various knowledge of the Western astronomy and geography.


  • Title: Map of the World
  • Creator: Ferdinad Verbiest
  • Date Created: 1674
  • Physical Dimensions: H.188.0 W.411.2 cm
  • Medium: Woodblock print and hand color on paper

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