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Pan, God of Nature and Music

'Pan' you believe it??

Our Elwin room has four, original Casali paintings on the ceiling which were painted in the 1830's including Pan, The Arcadian god of nature and music.. Find out more here:
http://www.brlsi.org/casali

Curatorial Curiosities

Coco-de-Mer (<i>Lodoicea maldivica</i>)

Seedy humour:The fruit of the Coco-de-Mer (Lodoicea maldivica) contains the largest seed known. 40–50 cm in diameter and weighing 15–30 kg, the fruit requires 6–7 years to mature. The shape of the seed has been said to be suggestive of parts of human anatomy. Coincidentally, the inflorescence of the palm is rather phallic.