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The figurative patterns that were used in Indian and Persian art were mostly allegorical and have symbolic significance; for example, in the textile above, the peacocks dance for the attention of a flock of peahens - it is said that, similarly, Lord Krishna danced like a peacock to court his beloved Radha. In Persian art, the figure of the peacock is not only widely used in book illustration, mural decoration, pottery, etc., but also in figurative patterns in mosques.
In general, the image of the peacock is a cross-cultural symbol, and in many cultures and traditions, the peacock appears as a symbol of paradise, rebirth, the incorruptibility of the soul and a symbol of immortality. The bird is also a symbol for the story of the heavens and hence, resurrection and everlasting life. In the East, it represents a symbol of rebirth in the mythology of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. The peacock also became a symbol in Christian art and iconography. During the first ten centuries of Christianity, the peacock was a popular symbol for Christ. It was also known as the symbol of the resurrection, and in many medieval paintings, angels' wings are composed of peacocks' plumes.