Pipal Leaves – Then and Now

August 24, 2009 at 8:38 am 12 comments

I found a lot fascinating at the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum in Ocean City, Maryland. Here’s another item:

Bethany Beach 2009 - Ripley's Believe It Or Not Musuem - Leaf Painting
Pipal Leaf Painting

Sacred to Hindus and Buddhists, the leaves of the pipal or bho tree, are often used in India by folk artists as canvasses to paint miniature accounts of historical or religious scenes, Believe It or Not!

Upon research, I found this practice continues today. Though…the technique, not to mention the content, appears to be a little more modern. : )

Michael Jackson Pipal Leaf from InALeaf.Com
Michael Jackson Pipal Leaf, one of many designs from InALeaf.com.


Entry filed under: trees.

Fancy Bear Bag New and Old at Keffer Oak

12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. scienceguy288  |  August 25, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    I prefer the first image.

  • 2. Heart in Nature: Pipal Leaf « TGAW  |  August 29, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    […] 29, 2009 Earlier this week, I posted about the practice of painting Pipal leaves. Pipal trees have a special place in history. It was under a pipal tree that Siddhartha Gautama […]

  • 3. tgaw  |  August 31, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    @scienceguy288 – haha, yeah. Me too!

  • 4. Anne  |  August 31, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    I think I saw some Pipal leaves on the ground this morning. Never noticed them before.

  • 5. Linda Newell  |  October 21, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Okay, I’ve been researching some Indian art greeting cards of which I have a dozen or more. they have Pipal leaf paintings of different scenes on them. Are they worth anything and is there a sales market for them anywhere?


    • 6. Natalya  |  October 31, 2009 at 3:34 pm

      you can buy from pilllowtalks on etsy.. fabulous detailing and really intricate. A definite must buy

  • 7. Natalya  |  October 31, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    You can buy this fabulous art from an Indian seller Pillowtalks on etsy.. She has some simply mindbloing awesome stuff.. Do check her store.

  • 8. V G Abraham  |  November 6, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    You can buy these paintings on a peepal leaf from me in India. My email id is idealcoordinators [at] gmail [dot] com

  • 9. Gerald Harrison  |  August 18, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Please note that there is not now nor has there ever been any such country as “East India”, therefore, there can be no “East Indians”. People from India are Indians. When speaking their own languages, they call the country either Hindustan or Bharat.

    Gerald Harrison
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

  • 10. tgaw  |  August 18, 2010 at 7:00 am

    @Gerald– thanks for commenting. You may have bigger fish to fry. I am merely transcribing the label in the picture which is on display at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum in Ocean City, MD. If you would like to also contact them their address is below.

    Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum
    401 South Atlantic Avenue
    Ocean City, MD 21842-4028
    (410) 289-5600

    That said, from the context, I don’t believe the author is using “East Indian” to describe a person. It sounds more likely they are describing, or at least intending to describe, a region– the eastern part of the country of India.

    • 11. Arul  |  March 29, 2011 at 11:58 am

      @tgaw: If the Ripley’s museum suggested the peepal leaf is found only in the eastern part of India, they are wrong.

      You’ll find peepal trees all over India. I’m from the south (Hyderabad) and there is an abundance of peepal trees.

      I’ll contact Ripley’s with the error.

  • 12. michael  |  September 2, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    my gran has a pic on one of these leafs in a fram and it looks verey old it mite be worth a lot of money. It has tow indian lades on it it is butifull art i will ask my ant where it is because it was a thing i have always rememberd form i was a little boy thats all thank u.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed

Flickr Photos

3D Printed Products


%d bloggers like this: