31 May '15, 1pm

What was the King of Siam so angry about in this letter? Find out in #ObjectsofDesire

Written in what is graciously described as ‘idiosyncratic’ English, the letter thanks its recipient — the Austrian Consul to Siam — for the ‘dried leaves of sacred Bodhi tree’, sent as a gift from Ceylon. Noted for its heart shaped foliage, this ancient plant is located in India’s Bodh Gaya, and is believed to mark the site of Buddha’s enlightenment.

Full article: http://www.christies.com/features/Objects-of-Desire-5931-...

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