Basswood Panel Peacock and Grapes

This Byzantine style panel of a peacock eating grapes is to a religious theme, but not in the liturgical style, in reference to the scripture, “I am the vine, ye are the branches.” The peacock symbolizes life and death, depending on whether the tail is displayed or not. This is the symbolism, but it can also be a depiction of a peacock eating grapes, depending on your understanding, point of view or frame of mind. Dimitrios produced this enigmatic screen as a studio showpiece, for his students. It is backed with red velvet.

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