Preceded by the notes Motif & Meaning \u2013 Preface\u00a0 & Motif & Meaning \u2013 2 \nArt is inspired by life and tribal life lived close to the earth, nature\u00a0 is often the most prominent inspiration. Depictions of the flora and fauna of the region are common in tribal art.\nSo in all the regions that are inhabited by peacocks, we can expect to see peacocks in the art of the people living there. So an element of nature that is as common as a peacock or flower might be present in the art originating from many different places.\nHowever, when the stylised depictions of the same are unique and peculiar or uncommon in form these become uniquely associated with the tribe that uses them.\nFurther when such peculiar stylised depictions are found in two distinct & different cultures separated by geography, it arouses our curiosity and we begin to look for some connections and plausible reasons for this commonality.\nTHE CASE OF THE DOUBLE-HEADED PEACOCK\n1. EXHIBITS\n1.1 Example: ATP-409 Antique Afshar Bird Rug.\n\nNote the several double headed peacocks all over this rug.\n1.2 Example: ATK-149 Dhaniyo or Dharaniyo Textile\n\nNote the girls riding on the double headed peacocks!\n2. OBSERVATIONS\nThe Art Producing Regions\nATP-409 is from South East Iran\u00a0 (blue) while ATK-149 is from Gujarat in West India (pink) and the distance by sea or land appears to be between 1200 and 2000 km as the crow or peacock flies.\n\n3. QUESTIONS\nDid these double headed birds exist?\nDo they appear in the folk lore or songs of these two regions?\nOr were they mythological? Or symbolic?\nOr is it just a stylised motif that one group devised and then somehow the unique meme was transmitted to the other group?\nIf that is the case then how did the meme get transmitted? In which direction? Marriage? Migration? Invasion?\nThere is the Parsi migration from Iran to Gujarat in the 8th-10th century. Do we have any reason to believe that the motif came from Iran to India with them? Are there any Parsi textile that support this?\nEND NOTE\nNo answers \u2013 just questions. These questions will remain \u2013 and keep the interest alive. Maybe someday there will be a clue or a hint. Maybe a reader will have a definitive answer.\nUntil then let us revel in the stimulation of the mystery!\n[At this point I feel bad for the future researchers who will be asking this question regarding life in this decade. With the diffusion of this new innovation called the internet .. it will be sooooo difficult\u00a0 for them to trace the historical path of memes & ideas\u2026..so if we think we have it tough, just imagine the unanswered questions that the students in the year 2500 will have to face!!]\njm\nsept 2014\nThe post Motif & Meaning \u2013 3 The Case of the Double-Headed Peacock appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.