Peacocks were often used in medieval Christian art as a symbol of the resurrection and eternal life.
This leaf came from a book of hours, a devotional book popular in the Middle Ages. They contained prayers that a devoted individual would use throughout the day. It has been estimated that 1 in 15 households owned a book of hours, although this luxurious example could only have belonged to an aristocratic household.
Leaf from a Book of Hours: Annunciation, Nativity and Two Prophets
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