Peacocks in Indian Architecture, a Common Theme
Peacocks as Art Theme
Peacocks for its majestic and graceful looks have always been object of fancy for the artisans of various trades. Our own peacock throne is the biggest and costliest example of Indian artists’ love for peacocks as art theme. It is counted as the costliest single treasure crafted in the last thousand years
Besides this fact what I am going to bring out in this post is use of motifs of peacocks in Indian architecture. That the birds are beautifully portrayed in paintings is common. But when I saw the beautiful motifs, murals and mosaics of peacocks on palace walls and entrances I just stood awe struck! The sights can freeze you. And soon like other tourists, I found myself requesting awestruck tourists who stood rooted there gazing at the peacock murals, to move from the frame of my camera!
Peacock door frame in Jaipur Palace is amazingly beautiful with striking rich colors.
At the Mor Chowk(peacock square) in City Palace of Udaipur, vivid blue mosaic of peacocks decorates its walls. We were WOW over the detailed work in the feathers – individually cut slivers of glass! A total of 5,000 pieces of mosaic of green, blue, crystal and gold, as well as concave mirrors are said to have gone into the making of these peacocks.