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Three bamboo shoots, from a De Materia Medica manuscript

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  • Description

    This vigorous illustration of types of bamboo is from a De Materia Medica, a Greek treatise of the 1st century AD on the medicinal properties of plants, which became widely known in the ancient and medieval world. The manuscript to which this page belonged may have been made for Sultan Ibrahim Adil Shah of Bijapur (r.1579-1627).

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndia Deccan (place of creation)
    AsiaIndiasouth IndiaKarnataka Bijapur (possible place of creation)
    1595 (AH 1004)
    Associated people
    possibly Ibrahim Adil Shah II, Sultan of Bijapur (ruled 1579 - 1627) (commissioner)
    Material and technique
    gouache on paper
    frame 51.5 x 37.7 x 1.7 cm (length x width x depth)
    painting 39.9 x 26.2 cm (height x width)
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    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2nd February-22nd April 2012, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Andrew Topsfield, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 35 on p. 92, p. 18, illus. p. 93

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