Visitors to the Ayurvedic Man exhibition view the Ayurvedic Man painting
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Ayurvedic Man: Encounters with Indian medicine

"Thought-provoking and visually gorgeous" — The Times.

Taking its name from the 18th-century Nepali painting, the ‘Ayurvedic Man’, this exhibition showcases an exquisite range of material from Wellcome’s historical collections, including Sanskrit, Persian and Tibetan manuscripts, vibrant gouache paintings, erotic manuals and animal-shaped surgical tools.

Ayurveda, translating as ‘the knowledge of long life’, is a centuries old but ever-evolving set of medical practices from South Asia. Today it continues to be transformed by biomedical and cultural exchanges. However, several questions remain: Who owns medical heritage? And what is the contemporary relevance of collections built from colonial encounters?

Featuring two new commissions from artist Ranjit Kandalgaonkar and filmmaker Nilanjan Bhattacharya, 'Ayurvedic Man' invites you to explore and question our collections for yourself.


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Access information

This exhibition is on level 1

Step-free access is available to all floors of the building

Large print guides, transcripts and magnifiers are available in the gallery


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