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Current Location:
Cabinet G -> Drawer 07 (G)
Location Notes:
PDC; Cabinet G; Drawer 07

The Art of India ➔ Peacock on Gold with Floral Border

Paint on Paper
Artworks;Frames - Height: 11.25 in;20 in Width: 8.75 in;16 in
Note: Matte
Blue and green peacock at center fanning its feathers against gold background. Dark blue outer boarder and gold red/orange/purple floral border.
Historical Context:
The peacock has been a favorite bird in Indian designs for thousands of years. They have long been associated with rain and thunder due to their blue colors and feather fanning. This association has made the peacock a symbol of love and passion. Sometimes a peacock is portrayed as a mark of quenching thirst, symbolically of love. As a symbol for an absent lover, the peacock serves as a companion to assuage the lonely lover, representing hope and promise of the return of his or her sweetheart. The dancing peacocks rejoice at the prospect of rain, and arouse intense feelings in the hearts of lovers. Mughal Emperors raised peacocks to grace royal gardens because their presence made a symbol of their heavenly garden, the paradise.