Architectual wooden fragment "Mayūra"
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, 19th century, private collection from Netherlands.
Mayūra is a Sanskrit word for peacock which is one of the sacred birds of the Hindu culture. It is referred to in a number of Hindu scriptures. It is also a contemporary Hindu name used in many parts of India. The peafowl is native to India and significant in its culture. In Hinduism, the Indian peacock is the mount of the god of war, Lord Kartikeya, and the warrior goddess Kaumari, and is also depicted around the goddess Santoshi. During a war with Asuras, Kartikeya split the demon king Surapadman in half. Out of respect for his adversary's prowess in battle, the god converted the two halves into an integral part of himself. One half became a peacock serving as his mount, and the other a rooster adorning his flag. The peacock displays the divine shape of Omkara when it spreads its magnificent plumes into a full-blown circular form. Peacock feathers also adorn the crest of Lord Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, one of the trimurti. The Buddhist deity Mahamayuri is depicted seated on a peacock. Peacocks are seen supporting the throne of Amitabha, the ruby red sunset coloured archetypal Buddha of Infinite Light.
Absolutely gorgeous, small-sized architectual wooden element from Rajasthan, India depicts a stunning, stylized peacock. This delicate fragment was probably a element of a section of hand carved wood frieze, within a temple in India. Beautifully aged hard wood. Good condition. Painted with dark red paint. Age-related wear. Rich patina from years of use. Worm holes, minor fractures and abrasion. Cracks in the paint. Size approx. 14,5cm x 12,0cm x 7,7cm. Weight c. 421g.