TLF ID M000436
This is a botanical model of the fruit of the 'Hyoscyamus niger' plant, also known as henbane. It was manufactured in 1885 in France from papier-mâché, wood and metal. The model comprises a thick, green, curved stem with a pair of tightly wrapped leaves and an enlarged section of one half of a fruit. One side of the model shows the outside of the fruit, which is dark red with white vertical lines; the other side shows the seeds and internal veins, which are mottled red, cream and brown. The square base of the model is painted black. The model measures 430 mm (height) x 190 mm (width) x 118 mm (depth).