Phoenix. 2013.

Author: Alexey Leonov
Material: Shamotte
Location: Private collection


Symbol of the triumph of eternal life, resurrection, faith, eternity and Jesus Christ. The Phoenix Bird also symbolizes immortality, self-sacrifice, meekness and masculinity. This is a constant renewal when reborn from the ashes after combustion.
The sculptural composition depicts a mythological bird that has the ability to burn itself. The sculpture represents the Phoenix in its classic form – an eagle with bright red plumage and soft eyes.

According to legends, foreseeing death, the Phoenix builds a nest, which it then exposes to the scorching rays of the sun until it burns to the ground in their flames, and a chick emerges from the ashes. According to other versions of the myth, it has the ability to self-burn, to be reborn from the ashes.
According to Herodotus, this is a bird from Assyria. Lives 500 years. In Egypt, the Phoenix, as a symbol of the solar principle, resurrection and immortality, was associated with Ra. In Japan, the Phoenix is the Sun, straightforwardness, loyalty, justice, obedience. In China, the Dragon and Phoenix are the main Yin-Yang symbol of Chinese cosmology and mythology.