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Chinese Carved Phoenix Disc

$120.00
SKU: si92-25

Product Dimensions: 2 in. Tall x 2.75 in. Deep x 0.25 in. Wide

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A beauty in any culture! This carved Phoenix disc is attributed to similar ones from the Zhou Dynasty, c 1046–256 BCE.

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The mythical bird most often seen in Chinese art is identified in English as a Phoenix known in China as the King of Birds. Its origin, evolution and history, however are somewhat complex. Today the phoenix is understood to be a composite of several birds, by tradition, the head of a golden pheasant, the body of a mandarin duck, the tail of a peacock, the legs of a crane, the mouth of a parrot, and the wings of a swallow, and hence represents supreme beauty and grace. The term phoenix is sometimes used to describe what appear to be at least two different birds in Chinese art, the original Red Bird of the South and the fenhuang. The Red Bird of the South is one of the oldest creatures known in Chinese art and is associated with the direction south and the other three "compass" animals: the tiger, dragon and tortoise. It also represents fire, and the season summer. From Chinese Art: A Guide to Motifs and Visual Images by Patricia Welch.

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