黑白木刻版地图，手工上色。114x143厘米。折叠后23.2 x 18.5厘米，卡纸封面，日式书套。部分虫蛀已修补，右上角空白处稍有缺口，标题处损旧。文台轩宇平，京都， 宝永7年 [ 1710].
[First Japanese Buddhist Map of the World]. .
[Map of All the Countries in Jambud-vipa].
Hand coloured, black and white woodblock print map, 114 x 143cm. Folds into worn paper covered card covers 23.2 x 18.5cm presented in Japanese case. Some repaired insect damage in places, small chip upper right in blank section, some wear particularly on title. 文台轩宇平 [Bundaiken Uhei]. Kyoto. 宝永7年 [ 1710].
南瞻部洲万国掌果之图 'Nansen bushū bankoku shōka no zu' was the first Buddhist world map printed in Japan. Its popularity and influence was so great that for a period of nearly 200 years after its publication it formed the basis of all other Japanese Buddhist world maps.
To modern eyes this map appears at first glance as quite confusing. The world as we know it is not shown, the perspective is not scientific. It is an Asia-centric view of the world. Europe is included, but only as a group of islands at the top left of the map, Australia and Africa are not depicted and South America appears as a small island to the south of overly large Japan. At the top right of the map a land bridge connects the Asian continent with a smallish land of scattered mountain ranges which is believed to be North America. Following the tradition of Buddhist maps this map was not meant to be a scientific depiction but a depiction of the Buddhist world.