India Miniature Paintings : Peacocks

By heather at 5:10 pm on Thursday, May 10, 2007

The peafowl, I discovered while in India, is the most beloved of their beautiful birds. We saw dozens of them (peacocks are males, peahens are females) in the wild… roosting in the trees, running around in the brush. Once we saw a male ‘dancing’ with his tail feathers fanned out… and were told that is ‘very lucky.’


So when I was introduced to the Indian Miniature paintings, the first I looked for was artwork of peacocks. This painting is only 4×6 inches… the paints are vegetable based, similar to tempera. The detail they put into these miniatures is incredible.


This piece of art was from a book, there is script on the back of the illustration, all hand painted text. We bought one more, which I’ll post in a couple days!

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Comment by Maxi Jewels

July 8, 2008 @ 7:01 am

Love this colorful peacock drawing! I have a lots of peacock / phoenix drawings but in black and white! They are pretty but seems lack of the rich colors that these “birds” should have!

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Comment by Phoebe

June 24, 2012 @ 5:05 am

who is the artist who painted these?

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