January 28, 2018

Tavoos Malek, the Peacock Angel — طاووس مالک — The peacock #طاووس is a major component of the iconography of the Yazidi group, but the appeal of the bird and its imagery extends far and wide. Here the peacock (tavoos) is portrayed in the curved paisley or buteh (بوته) shape, with the “Lady Sun” motif appearing from behind. The brilliance of the turquoise feathers contrast with the dry landscape. Remnants of the ancient cuneiform script can be seen at the bottom of this watercolor painting by S. J. Thomas.