Kew at the British Museum

India Landscape

1 May – 11 October 2009  /  West Lawn, British Museum forecourt  /  Exhibition closed

Some plants in the Museum collection

Painting of seven Hindu ascetics under a banyan tree

Banyan
Yogis seated beneath a banyan tree. North India, 1700s.
 

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Circular pandan with hinged domical lid with a spire

‘Betel nut’ palm
Pandan (box to hold betel ingredients and equipment). North India, 1800s.

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The Manley Ragamala

Scholar tree
The heroine’s scribe uses a wooden writing board. Rajasthan, about 1610.

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The Gazi Scroll

‘Betel nut’ palm
A raja takes a betel quid from a servant. Detail from the Gazi scroll. Bengal, about 1800.

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Plaque made of lac showing the Buddha seated in a shrine

Peepul
Leaf-shaped plaque depicting the Buddha beneath the peepul. Bodh Gaya, India about AD 800.

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 A garden scene with Rama and Lakamana

Holy basil
Rama, hero of the epic the Ramayana, honours a tulsi plant. North India, 1800s.

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Bhairavi ragini / The Manley Ragamala

Lotus
Island shrine in a lotus pond. Rajasthan, about 1610.
 

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Coracle of bamboo

Bamboo
Split bamboo is woven to make circular boats (coracles). This is in the Museum's collection.

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Figure depicting the sun god (Surya)

Lotus
The sun-god Surya, whose emblem is the lotus in full bloom. Orissa, 1200s.

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Octagonal pillar

Peepul
The peepul tree beneath which the Buddha sat. Amaravati. 1st century AD.

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Painting depicting devotion to the tulsi plant

Holy basil
A female devotee approaches a tulsi plant. North India, 1700s.
 

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