Many Hindu and Buddhist objects are made in the shape of peacocks as protective creatures. Hindus believe its feathers protect energy, bring prosperity and are a reminder of the celebration of life. In India peacocks have historically been common motifs in Indian ancient stories, poems, songs and art as symbols of love, joy, peace, harmony and poise and have a strong and auspicious tradition in Hindu religion and mysticism. Many Hindu sculptures use peacocks as a symbol of the cycle of time since it represents the succession of temporal cycles in Hindu cosmogony. Lord Vishnu used a feather from Garuda, the majestic bird that carries him on its back, to create the peacock. It is closely associated with many other deities: Lakshmi, Saraswati and Krishna. It is regarded as a protective creature for the physical and psychic self as its screech is a warning of possible danger. In the home its feathers are believed to protect the energy in the environment and to bring prosperity. It is a constant reminder of the celebration of life as during courting the male bird dances for the benefit of the female. In 1963, it was declared the India’s National Bird.

Some Hindu legends claim that the Buddha was a golden peacock in a previous birth. In Buddhism it is 83 of the 108 images on the Buddha’s footprint, it represents the short-lived nature of all things since its forms appear and vanish as swiftly it displays and furls its tail, and in esoteric Buddhism it is a symbol of wholeness that combines all colors in its tail. It is used in Burmese folk art, architecture and on utilitarian carvings such as heddle pulleys and ox carts as the emblem of its last dynasty the Kon-baung Dynasty (1845-1941). The Peacock Dance is performed to end droughts and peacocks are sacrificed to bring rain and the heavenly gift of fertility. It also symbolizes beauty and dignity and the desire for peace and prosperity.

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  • Antique Hindu Peacock Oil Lamp, India (9526BEB) $365

    H: 13″  W: 8.5 ”  D: 4.75  ”  | FREE SHIPPING!

    This graceful brass oil lamp is topped by two peacocks, a large one that held oil and a smaller one decorated with striated lines. sitting high on a thin mount with  a spiral base. It was used for Hindu prayer rituals (puja) in the home or at temples and for devotional worship. This fine lost wax lamp with a soft patina is a one-of-a-kind piece. Often used in Hindu religious sculptures, peacocks have a strong religious tradition and represent harmony, joy and beauty and the time cycle.


  • Antique Peacock Heddle Pulley, Burma/Myanmar (11297A-ZKE) $245

    H: 13”  W: 3.75”  D: 2.625” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This heddle pulley, carved from Burmese teak wood (kyun), a durable, dense hardwood containing natural oil, is topped by a carved peacock. A graceful image and a frequent decorative motif in Burmese art, it has a sweeping tail extending to the top of his head with two combs on a long elegantly curved neck. Weathered over the years with minor losses, the skill of the carving is apparent, especially in the carving of the feathers on the wings. It has survived well and is in good condition with surface losses and discolorations from age and years of wear which adds to its charm. It has no repairs or restoration and pairs well with11297B-ZKE .

  • Antique Peacock Heddle Pulley, Burma/Myanmar (11297B-ZKE) $245

    H: 14.  W: 2.675”  D: 3.5” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This elegant heddle-pulley carved from a single piece of Burmese teak is topped by a peacock, which in Buddhism represents the short-lived nature of all things and it also is the emblem of its last dynasty the Burmese Dynasty. It is believed that auspicious symbolic animal images protected the weaver, assured quality weaving, and pleased the gods and spirits. This antique piece is wonderfully weathered from time and use.


  • Antique Teak Hamsa Heddle Pulley, Stand, Burma/Myanmar (11298B-WHK) $255

    • This elegant heddle pulley with a hamsa is carved from a single piece of Burmese teak and portrayed  with deeply cut wings to express well-articulated feathers. Having an unusually long tail, it runs from his rear and curves to the top of its head. Its feet are atop two connected heart-shaped panels that hide the moving thimble between them providing a more artistic feel. This piece is in very good condition, is wonderfully weathered, and has with minor losses with a fine patina covers its originally painted surface. Mounted on a black wood base, this heddle pulley pairs well with item number 11298A.


  • Antique/Vintage Framed Glass Painting of a Peacock, India (3982MCE) $395

    H: 16″  W: 13 ” D:  1″ | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This glass painting of a peacock with Krishna Playing his Flute (3983MCE) was one of a pair of inset panels in a highly decorative antique Indian cabinet or chest. Beautifully painted with reflective silver accents it is a vibrant an d remarkable wall hanging.  As both panels were originally displayed together, we recommend they be kept as a pair. Peacocks, the national bird of India, are an integral part of Hindu and Indian art and culture depicted in spiritual and decorative art.

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  • Antique/Vintage Framed Glass Painting of Krishna Playing his Flute, India (3982MCE) $395

    H: 16″ W: 13″ D: 1″ | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This vibrant glass painting of Krishna along with the painting of a Peacock (3983MCE) were insets in a highly decorated Indian wood cabinet or chest. Krishna is one of the most popular Hindu deities, beautifully depicted here in a bright yellow dhoti, peacock feather crown, and jewels in serenading his adoring gopis with his engaging flute. The unique frame complements the paianting’s richness and vintage feel.

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