A Study of a Buah Duku (lansium parasiticum)

Probably Penang, 19th century

43.5cm high, 66cm wide

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A Study of a Buah Duku (lansium parasiticum)

The tropical fruit of the langsat or lazones tree occupies almost half the composition of this watercolour. They grow from vines on the thick branch and are depicted in shades of pale mint green and light brown. The plant has many leaves in dark, apple and light green, as well as pale yellow. Small shoots bearing fruit buds and unripen fruit grow from the main stalk. The artist has included a study of the fruit as it is peeled, revealing its interior and polychrome seed. There is also a study of the buds and flowers of the langsat tree. ‘Duku’ is the name given to the largest tropical fruit of the langsat tree. They are often ovoid or round in size and are borne in clusters akin to grapes. They are farmed and consumed in Southeast Asian countries such as Burma, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Literature: Noltie, H.J. Raffles Ark Redrawn: Natural History Drawings from the Collection of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, London, The British Library, 2012.

Dozier, L (ed.). Natural History Drawings, The Complete William Farquhar Collection, Malay Peninsula 1803-1818, Singapore, National Museum of Singapore, 2010.

A Study of a Buah Duku (lansium parasiticum)


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