Phoenix Picture

Medium: Prismacolor Colored pencils, ink, gold leaf
Size: 2.5" x 3.5" (ACEO size)

This is my stylized version of a Phoenix with lotus flowers. [edit]: I drew this a few months ago for an art contest that had an "Ancient Egypt" theme.
In ancient Egypt, the Phoenix was portrayed as a gray bird that resembled a heron. The Egyptian Phoenix had 2 long feathers on the crest of its head, and often wore the crown of Osiris (a white crown with ostrich plumes on either side.) Through the years, the Phoenix evolved through different cultures & religions and became the fiery bird we know today. My Phoenix is a mixture of the ancient & modern bird. Also pictured are blue lotus flowers, which (like the Phoenix) symbolize rebirth, because lotus closes at night and sinks underwater, and in the morning it re-emerges and blooms again. The lotus was also used as a symbol to represent Upper Egypt - and those little green sprouts below the lotus are papyrus reeds, which represent Lower Egypt.

©2006 Jane Kayell, All Rights Reserved. This artwork may not be reproduced in any way without my explicit written permission.
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