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This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of folded Paper Peacocks. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.


In Japan (and in publications by Japanese authors)


There is a note in the Kan No Mado, which dates from 1845, that designs for a peacock and various other subjects have not been included because they are not good representations.



The earliest published treatment of this subject that I know of appears in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was first published in Japan in 1931.



A simple peacpck design appears in 'Origami: Folding Paper for Children' by Claude Sarasas, which was first published by Kodansha in Tokyo in 1951.



A very simple Peacock (Cut) and Peahen (Cut) appear in 'Origami: Book Two' by Florence Sakade, , which was published by the Charles E Tuttle Company in Rutland, Vermont and Tokyo in 1958


In Western Europe / The USA

A much more dramatic version, with a tail based on the Paper Doily, appears in Booklet 6 of 'Images a Plier', a series of 6 booklets published by Librairie Larousse in Paris in 1932.


Solorzano's Peacock - 1951 onwards

(incomplete information)

The extended version of 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1951, contains diagrams for 'El Pavo Real' (The Peacock). the design is attributed to Dr Solorzano.


A version folded from a banknote appears in 'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956, where it is simply called 'The Peacock'. The text says, 'Origin: Spanish. Passed to the author by Cy Endfield, U.S.A.'



'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956 contains diagrams for Harbin's own cut 'Peacock'.



A design for a 'Peacock' appears in the second edition of 'Het Grote Vouwboek' by Aart van Breda, which was published by Uitgeverij van Breda in 1963.