Current Location:
Lake Michigan Hall -> 2nd Floor (LMH)
Location Notes:
LMH; 2nd flr, north wall

The Art of India ➔ Artistic Peacock Duo with Single Head

Artist Unknown
GVSU Collection
Vegetable Dye on Paper
Artworks - Height: 7.5 in Width: 22 in
Symmetrical of two birds with a shared eye and head. Orange and lined triangle border.
Historical Context:
The peacock has been a favorite bird in Indian designs since the age of rock shelters and cave paintings. The dancing peacocks rejoice at the prospect of rains, and arouse the feeling of intense love in the heart of both, lover and beloved. Mughal Emperors raised peacocks to grace royal gardens because their presence made a symbol of the heavenly garden, the paradise.

Wikipedia Summary:

Indian Art consists of a variety of art forms, including plastic arts (e.g., pottery and sculpture), visual arts (e.g., cave paintings), and textile arts (e.g., woven silk). Geographically, it spans the entire Indian subcontinent, including what is now India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. A strong sense of design is characteristic of Indian art and can be observed in its modern and traditional forms.

The origin of Indian art can be traced to pre-historic Hominid settlements in the 3rd millennium BC. On its way to modern times, Indian art has had cultural influences (e.g., Indus Valley and Hellenistic), as well as religious influences such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. In spite of this complex mixture of religious traditions, generally the prevailing artistic style at any time and place has been shared by the major religious groups.

In historic art, sculpture in stone and metal, mainly religious, has survived the Indian climate better than other media, and provides most of the best remains. Many of the most important ancient finds that are not in carved stone come from surrounding, drier regions rather than India itself. Indian funeral and philosophic traditions exclude grave goods, which are a main source of ancient art in other cultures.
Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus Terms:
folk art
folk artists
vegetable dye
Library of Congress Subjects:
Folk art--India
Peacocks in art