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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "Thirteen Indian Carved Ivory Botanical Models of Fruit and Vegetables"
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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
Including Brinjal (Aubergine) Pahari Mirch (Chili) Bhindi (Okra) and the Lablab Bean
Size: 10cm long – 4 ins long (max) – 3cm high, 1¼ ins high (min)
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 9, item no. 18, for another collection
Originally made to aid scientific research and agricultural production in the 19th century these carved ivory botanical models of fruit and vegetables represented exotic, unusual and rare specimens that were once virtually unknown in western culinary and gardening traditions. Today they are readily available and easily obtainable and have become familiar as ingredients in the recipes of the Indian sub continent.