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Gwalior. Man Singh Palace. Detail of sculptured peacock in courtyard.

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Title: Gwalior. Man Singh Palace. Detail of sculptured peacock in courtyard.
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Gwalior;architecture;stone sculpture;slide set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: An excellent example of the colorful use put to very old motifs is this magnificent peacock forming a brace beneath the roof of the courtyard at Man Singh. Where the brace could have easily been a simpler structure without organic reference, it has been given, rather, a life of its own. More and more frequently the peacock joins the lion as the traditional motif of royalt in secular building in India after the 15th century. This ones graceful lines remind us of the beautifully modeled female and male deities from the finest Indian temples. It is important, too, that animals are acceptable motifs even in Moslem architecture where human representations are not
therefore, the use of organic designs and animal subjects never dies out in India even during the Mohammedan occupation.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1300


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