A Mughal red sandstone Architectural Panel Northern India, 17th Century
rectangular, carved in relief with a flowering eclipta alba (bhringaraj) plant within a niche 92 x 61 cm.
Provenance: Christie's Paris, Art Des Terres D'Islam, 5 November 2008, lot 349.
Eclipta Alba (Hindi bhringaraj) has medicinal properties, given in honey to treat senility, or mixed with massage oil as an anti-ageing treatment. For further information on Indian plants and this particular one, see Navin Patnaik, The Gardens of Life, New York, 1993, pp. 72-73, cat. no. 25.