Found the world’s oldest globe carved on the shell of an ostrich egg (photo)
Recently found globe the early 15th century carved on the shells of ostrich eggs, according to experts, may be the oldest globe of the New World images. Geographical names on it written in Latin, and two small Islands are located in North America. The origin of the globe is still unknown.
After passing through the hands of a chain of sellers of the cards in Europe, the artifact was purchased anonymously at a London map fair in 2012. Subsequently, the rare find came into the hands of a Belgian collector Stephen Messina, who was interested in the history of the globe, and he wrote about his purchase of an article in «Portolan», journal of the Washington map society.
Prior to that, the oldest was considered the globe hunt-Lenox, made of copper and dated to around 1504 and 1506. Both globes bear almost identical labels and detailed outlines, and Stephen Messina believes that it is not a coincidence. Between the two globes there is a difference, but there is every reason to believe that the Lenox globe could be a copy of the globe with ostrich eggs, writes in his article, Messina.
In the history of the creators have resorted to a variety of materials: the cards were made from branches, and maps, inscribed on the skins of fur seals on calf skin and wood blocks. However, ostrich eggs were not the usual material for this case, and for this reason, regardless of your age, this artifact is extremely valuable.
To estimate the age of the shell, Messina consulted with a specialist-radiologist, who helped him photograph and compare the density of the old shells (the globe is made of two halves). Based on this comparison, the radiologist came to the conclusion that the older part of the shell, lost more than 50% of calcium deposits,and it is a sure sign of aging. Because of the similarity of the two globes, Messina hypothesized that the newly found artifact existed before the globe of Lenox. However, some cartographers refer to age found maps very skeptical because of its ambiguous origin. Let the egg shell and can be dated to the early 16th century, however, this does not mean that the map drawn on it, same age.
«This may be one of the earliest globes, which in itself is extremely interesting, but its origin raises questions, says study John Hessler, curator of the Geographic and map division of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Most importantly, I want to know is where did this globe, where it was purchased, who owned it before and what collections he visited. I’m trying to get away from this race, what a globe was.»