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The collection includes 35 watercolors of wildflowers growing at elevations between 11,000-17,000 feet in Eastern Tibet. It is believed that these are the first botanical illustrations done in this geographical area. They represent a number of plants that have been used for centuries by local nomads for their medicinal properties, as well as plants of unusual beauty.

The northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh features wide plains, lush river valleys, and Himalayan foothills. This state is home to Tibet’s exiled government, and hosts the Dalai Lama’s private residence and monastery in the small mountain town of Dharamsala. Th is collection includes paintings from the private gardens of Indian citizens, as well as 14 paintings from the garden of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.