A is for Angha Picture

And now for some uncommon mythology: the Angha is an ancient Persian mythological creature said to be part dog, part peacock, and was generally considered benevolent. I was inspired by the Alphabeastiary project ([link]) to paint this -- admittedly, I had never even heard of this creature before!

I chose to base the dog half on salukis, because they're beautiful dogs and native to that region anyway. I tried to mix both dog and bird anatomy in the forelegs, hopefully it worked well enough. Forgive my lazy, messy background -- I've actually never drawn a tree with leaves before, strangely enough! And the carving on the ruins in the background is how the Angha was originally portrayed, by the way.
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