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Banian tree near the Hooghly [Calcutta]

Banian tree near the Hooghly [Calcutta]

Photographer: Fiebig, Frederick

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1851

Shelfmark: Photo 247/3(42)

Item number: 247342

Genre: Photograph

A hand-coloured print of a Banyan tree near the Hooghly river, from the Fiebig Collection: Views of Calcutta and Surrounding Districts, taken by Frederick Fiebig in 1851. The Banyan or Ficus Indica is an East Indian tree with aerial shoots that grow down into the soil forming additional trunks. In India the tree is usually regarded as a symbol of fertility as well as being an important source of livelihood for its wood. The ancient philosophical text of the Katha Upanishad mentions the Banyan, Aswattha or Inverted Tree.

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