Lawsonia, Henna 1813. Smooth Lawsonia; the henna, or Camphire of Solomon’s Song.
Henna is used in the ancient art of body painting. The henna plant in Song of Solomon was the Lawsonia inermis L, also known as the Lawsonia alba. The Latin word inermis means unarmed or without spines. In the King James Bible henna is called “camphire.”. Probably henna was native to Iran from where it spread throughout the Middle East. Henna grows mainly along water courses and in semi-arid regions.
This beautiful copperplate engraving, hand coloured, on good quality paper, is engraved by John Pass,
from Encyclopaedia Londinensis; or, Universal dictionary of arts, sciences, and literature, compiled by John Wilkes,
edited by Jones, 1813.
Size 20 x 26. cms. Condition Very Good.
Price £60.00 /$75.00 (Plus Post and Packaging)
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