A Radish Plant, Seed, and Flower

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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.

A Radish Plant, Seed, and Flower, Ink and opaque watercolor on paper

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