1100-1200 AD Peacock Bird on Ancient medieval on Byzantine Appliqué Artefact
Item no. i51590
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Byzantine Appliqué with Peacock circa 1100-1200 A.D.
3.9 x 1.5 x 1.0 centimeters (11.35 grams)
Provenance: From private collection in the United States of America.
Ownership History: From private collection in the United States, bought in private sale in the United States of America.
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In its broadest sense, an appliqué is a smaller ornament or device applied to another surface. The technique is very common in some kinds of textiles, but may be applied to many materials. In the context of ceramics, for example, an appliqué is a separate piece of clay added to the primary work, generally for the purpose of decoration.
The term is borrowed from French and, in this context, means "applied" or "thing that has been applied." Appliqué is a surface pattern that is used to decorate an aspect of a garment or product.
Peafowl include two Asiatic species (the blue or Indian peafowloriginally of India and Sri Lanka and the green peafowl of Burma, Indochina, and Java) and one African species (theCongo peafowl native only to the Congo Basin) of bird in the genera Pavo and Afropavo of the Phasianidaefamily, the pheasants and their allies, known for the male's piercing call and, among the Asiatic species, his extravagant eye-spotted tail covert feathers which he displays as part of acourtship ritual. The term peacock is properly reserved for the male; the female is known as a peahen, and the immature offspring are sometimes called peachicks.
The functions of the elaborate iridescent coloration and large "train" of peacocks have been the subject of extensive scientific debate. Charles Darwin suggested they served to attract females, and the showy features of the males had evolved by sexual selection. More recently, Amotz Zahavi proposed in his handicap theory that these features acted as honest signals of the males' fitness, since less fit males would be disadvantaged by the difficulty of surviving with such large and conspicuous structures.
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