Peacock on Gold
Medium:Giclée (Original is in the GVSU Permanent Collection)
Image of fanning peacock standing behind pond, pond contains floating red and white flowers. Thick red border with gold plant accents. Gold background.
Mughal Emperor Jahangir (1605-27) encouraged his royal atelier to take up the single point perspective favored by European artists, unlike the flattened multi-layered style used in traditional miniatures. He particularly encouraged paintings depicting events of his own life, individual portraits, and studies of birds, flowers and animals. Each figure has its own importance in the state of Rajasthan—elephant symbolizes strength; Lion symbolizes bravery; Camel for patience; Horse for progress; Peacock for love and Cow for prosperity. In Islamic culture, flowers are often seen as symbols of kingdom of God; the Persian poets describe them as springing forth from the waters of paradise.