The tree is one of the most potent of symbols. Its roots delve into the
underworld its trunk links the earth to the heavens - it transcends all
three spheres. It symbolizes birth, maturity, death and rebirth embodied in
leaf, bud and fruit. The tree of life is one of the most common motifs used
by the artisans. Versions of the tree of life are manifold.
Here, the tree of life is transposed as a vase containing flowers and a
variety of leaves. The flowers are those associated with fertility.
Generally, a tree of life is flanked by worshippers, birds or animals, which
could vary locally. Here the tree is flanked by a couple of peacocks. It is
relevant to note that in Indian mythology, peacocks occupy a prominent
place. They symbolize immortality, love, courtship, fertility, regal pomp
and protection. When the auspicious tree of life and the important motif of
a peacock come together, this painting's worth is doubly elevated.
Colours like blue, yellow and green are more commonly used. Red is liberally
used in the border giving a bright frame to a sober, meaningful painting
promising prosperity and good luck.
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