Related Objects
Current Location:
Cabinet G -> Drawer 08 (G)
Location Notes:
PDC; Cabinet G; Drawer 08

The Art of India ➔ Dancing Peacock

Artwork
Identifier:
2006.092.1
Artist:
Shyamu Ramdev
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Paint and Gold on Silk
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 10 in Width: 7.75 in
Description:
Peacock in center surrounded by a large flower "frame".
Historical Context:
Hinduism expresses worship in many different manners of many different animals, including the peacock. One way this is expressed is “vahanas”, which are the modes of transportation for different deities, each of which have their own. Parvani the peacock, the vahana of Skanda (known as the God of war), represents splendor and majesty. However, the vehicle animal also symbolizes the evil forces over which the deity dominates. Mounted on Parvani, Skanda reins in the peacock's vanity. Peacocks' feathers are also used frequently in these depictions in costume and dress, especially among beings of worship.