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A Radish Plant, Seed, and Flower

Object Name:
Illustrated single work
late 18th century
Made in India, Calcutta
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
H. 18 3/4 in. (47.6 cm) W. 24 1/2 (47.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 2007
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 464
This painting is from the collection of Major James Nathaniel Rind, an enthusiastic collector in India between 1778 and 1804. The unknown artist of this work has identified the specimen by way of the Persian writing on the right side of the page, which reads muli (radish), and has depicted it in three forms: as a plant, in its flowering form, and finally as a vegetable. This type, called "Rat Tail" or "Madras" radish (Raphanus caudatus), is bred especially for its pods, which appear more like green beans than the root radishes popular in North America.
Inscription: Vertically on right side in pencil in Persian: muli (radish); vertically on left side in ink in Arabic: 646 (?); and in pencil in roman: 62
Major James Nathaniel Rind, India and England, (after 1778–d. 1814); John Hunt, Dublin (ca. 1965); Private Collection, Virginia (ca. 1985); [ Terence McInerney, New York, until 2007; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Fifty Years of Collecting Islamic Art," September 23, 2013–January 26, 2014, no catalogue.

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