Picture of the Day: The Impossible Black Tulip

Today’s picture for you is for the cartographiles. This is a closeup of the Impossible Black Tulip, a map with only a few copies left in the world. This map was a collaboration between the Jesuit Matteo Ricci and Chinese cartographers in the 16th century. The University of Minnesota just purchased it (for a million dollars…) and it is on display through the end of August at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts.
This piece of the map shows the southeastern portions of China and Indochina.