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    The term peacock is actually meant for denoting the male peafowl. The female peafowl is known as a peahen, and the immature off-springs of peafowl are called peachicks.

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    Peacock’s long tail is known as a train. It consists not of tail quill feathers, but it has only highly elongated upper tail coverts. These feathers are marked with eye spots, best seen when a peacock fans his tail. Both peacocks and peahens have a crest atop the head. The Indian peahen has a mixture of dull grey, brown, and green in her plumage. The female also displays her plumage to ward off female competition or signal danger to her young ones.

    The vibrant iridescent plumage colours of peacocks are not primarily pigments, but they are structural colourations. Optical interference reflections on nanostructures of the fiber-like components of the feathers produce a variety of feather colours.

    It is said that a peacock's long tail, loud call, and fearless behaviour are have been formed by natural selection to create a powerful display to intimidate its predators and rivals.

    In Hindu culture, the peacock is the vehicle of the Lord Muruga. A demon king, Surapadman, was split into two by Muruga and he converted the two parts as an integral part of himself, one becoming a peacock (his vehicle) and another rooster adorning his flag.

    It is said that the peacock displays the divine shape of Omkara when it spreads its magnificent plumes into a full-blown circular form. Peacock’s beautiful feather adorn the crest of Lord Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, one of the Trimurtis.

    In the 1486 painting Annunciation with St. Emidius by Carlo Crivelli, a peacock is sitting on the roof above the praying Virgin Mary Ancient Greeks believed that the flesh of peafowl did not decay after death, so it became a symbol of immortality.

    Though the peafowl is native to India, in Babylonia and Persia the peacock is seen as a guardian to royalty and is often seen in engravings upon the thrones of royalty.

    The first great dynasty unifying the Indian sub-continent in the 3rd century BC was known as the Maurya. It means, ‘of the peacock’. The word Maurya is derived from Sanskrit Mayura, which means peacock.

    If you wish to decorate your homes, you have a wide choice of portraits or models of the peacock to decorate your houses.  If you visit Poompuhar, a brand that sells various artifacts made by The Tamil Nadu Handicraft Development, you can purchase your favorite peacock- based artifacts from hundreds of handcrafted decorative items in much more peacock designs. There are even some sculptures of peacock handcrafted by Poompuhar’s expert artists.

    One of the available eyes catching decorative pieces of art with peacock theme is Subramanian Stone which is an astonishing statue of Subramaniya accompanied by a peacock and a spear - his distinctive trademarks.

    Thanjavur Art Plates, with various sizes and peacock designs, are also available at Poompuhar stores. Two models of these plates are designed with the peacock theme. These are created using high-quality raw materials. They are created artistically using ultra modern technologies.

    Another Thanjavur Painting is the Key Holder Peacock. This is a glass painting of a beautiful peacock.  It adorns the wall  and it serves the purpose of hanging keys as well. A Handcrafted Silk Wall Hanging is also available with a pair of peacocks sitting beautifully on a tree branch. This exhibits the beautiful hand woven textiles, but also showcases ethnic designs for its admirers.

    A Rose Wood Panel Peacock at a modest price makes a wonderful decorative item depicting a pair of peacocks standing gracefully facing each other in a serene background. Another masterpiece by the artisans of Poompuhar is a Wood Peacock Stone Work which has a brown polished wooden frame with beautiful peacock inlay stone work consisting of semi-precious stones and pearls.

    A Meenakari Key Stand Peacock is also available at a cost of fewer than two hundred rupees. It has a beautiful peacock in the centre and hooks for hanging keys made with Meenakari in the shape of Swastika.

    These peacock form based artifacts from Poompuhar’s expert artisans are attracting the hearts of many art lovers.  They are also used as astonishing gift items.

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