Art Deco panel: Is it a turkey? Is it a peacock?

Bird theme Art Deco panel on the façade of an early 1930s block of flats in the Opera area of Bucharest. (Valentin Mandache)

Is that bird a turkey, a peacock or even a dove? I would incline toward the peacock, taking into account the lush vegetation surounding its fan like tail within the panel field and the associations between the peacock and the Garden of Eden motifs in Romanian decorative arts).


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One comment on “Art Deco panel: Is it a turkey? Is it a peacock?

  1. Valentin wouldn’t be too hasty in stating that it is a peacock. There is a wonderful frieze of a turkey in a market in Los Angeles – but I cant find my image so cant compare it to your bird!

    regards Robin

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