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Peepul tree in the palace of Delhi

Peepul tree in the palace of Delhi

Artist: Simpson, William (1823-1899)

Medium: Chromolithograph

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: X108(34)

Item number: Plate 34

Genre: Print

This chromolithograph is taken from plate 34 of William Simpson's 'India: Ancient and Modern'. European children are pictured playing around a colossal tree in the grounds of the Red Fort in Delhi, accompanied by their ayahs (Indian nannies) and syces (horse grooms). The peepul is a variety of fig tree considered sacred in India, the Buddha being believed to have attained enlightenment while meditating under one.

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