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  • Linda Skillings

    Medieval Bestiary : Griffin Gallery Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KB 72 A 23, folio 46r

  • Patti Adams

    Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts - the mythical Griffin

  • Mishi

    Medieval Art

  • Etcetera

    Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KB, 72 A 23, Folio 46r A griffin has captured a man. This image was probably the original for the copy in manuscript Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KB, 128 C 4

  • Angelika interlinka

    Griffin, in "Liber Floridus", creation: 1120, author: Lambert of Saint Omer, edition: 1460, folio 46r, Koninklijke Bibliotheek

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"Phoenix". A fabulous bird that periodically regenerated itself, used in literature as a symbol of death & resurrection. According to legend, the phoenix lived in Arabia. When it reached the end of its life (500 years), it burned itself on a pyre of flames, & from the ashes a new phoenix arose. As a sacred symbol in Egyptian religion, the phoenix represented the sun, which dies each night & rises again each morning. According to Herodotus the bird was red & golden and resembled an eagle.

God help you if you are a phoenix, and you dare to rise up from the ash. A thousand eyes will smoulder with jealousy while you are just flying past.

'You cant be too careful in these magical places. You never know what might be watching you. ' C. S. Lewis

°Phoenix (detail) by LauraZollar (nl)

Phoenix ♥ the little drawing in the right corner is fantastic!