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Is there a painting from before the colonization of the Americas depicting European nobles being entertained or given gifts by travelers from far away places, such as sub-saharan Africa or India?

I'm talking about a European visiting such a distant place, then returning with some items from there, and then visiting European nobility to entertain them with stories - and that visit being painted.

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    Just to clarify; your title asks about travellers from distant lands, but your question text asks about Europeans who have visited foreign lands. Which do you want? – Mark C. Wallace Feb 25 '15 at 18:45
  • A traveler from europe who went somewhere and then came back – Antonio Feb 26 '15 at 5:48
  • Is this really a fit for History? – CGCampbell Apr 22 '15 at 12:42
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Indeed, such pictures are very hard to find (excluding modern movies).

I've found this picture (unknown date) showing "Marco Polo presenting pepper to a King" (story here), however I don't know who the king is (Venice was a republic). You may try to contact the blog author to get more information.

Marco Polo

On this picture Vasco da Gama presents gifts to the king of Portugal (this is 7 years after the discovery of America).

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