Medium:Paint on Paper
Height: 15.5 in;24"
Width: 11.75 in;20"
Image of black, white, orange woodpecker on branch against cream-colored background. Outermost border is pink. Bird is framed by colored flowers, birds, and plants.
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.