The Collection: Directional Clarity
In ancient Chinese astrology, the “vermilion bird” is the divine mythological creature which guards the southern cardinal compass direction. This bird, however, is not in fact the phoenix that is perhaps be one of the most popularly represented deities in Eastern culture. The bird represents the South and has been named Ling Guang in folklore. Here the creature is dances with flames for the fire element it represents when correlated with the Chinese five principles system of geomancy. The orb on which it is sculpted represents the heavens, with etchings of ancient star maps thereon. And representing fire, it carries the elegance and virtues of rebirth and grace.