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Peacock in Indian Art, thought and Literature

Krishna Lal (Author)
Synopsis The National Bird of India is the Peacock. Majestic and graceful, with a beautiful form and charming colours, it caught the fancy of the Indian artisans from early times, who used it profusely in their artistic creations.  From the Harappan period to the present day, in every art expression, the Peacock is beautifully portrayed.  It has been depicted as a sacred bird; mount of Kartikeya, an important deity of Hindu pantheon and an absent lover in the miniature paintings.  The present monograph is an in-depth study of all aspects related to this bird-its habitat, history, narration in Indian mythology and literature, various forms, its uses and medicinal properties mentioned in ancient texts. 107 carefully selected colourful illustrations and 25 sketches on the subject show various aspects of Peacock in art forms.
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About the author

Krishna Lal

Ms. Krishna Lal (M.A. History from Aligarh University) served in the Department of Decorative Arts and Textiles for 34 years in the National Museum, New Delhi. Ms. Lal has participated in several seminars and international conferences held in U.K., Mexico and Greece and presented papers there. In addition to co-ordinating several national and international exhibitions, she was an active participant in the Festival of India Exhibitions in U.K., France and the U.S.S.R. during 1982-88.

Her publications include a catalogue on Bidriware in the National Museum Collection, New Delhi (1990); two catalogues on Indian Decorative Arts, published in German (1985), and in Russian (1987); Tourism, Museums and Monuments in India (1974, co-author); Cultural Tourism in India (2003, co-author) and Peacock in Indian Art, Thought and Literature (2006).

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Bibliographic information

Title Peacock in Indian Art, thought and Literature
Author Krishna Lal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 18.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170174295
length 169p., Figures; Plates; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 29cm.