Sirin? From a series of 127 woodcuts by Melchior Lorck, German, 1582 | Melchior Lorck, vol.III, catalogue raisonné, I, The Turkish Publication, Copenhagen, 2009, no. 124
Sirin is a mythological creature of Russian legends, with the head and chest of a beautiful woman and the body of a bird (usually an owl). Sometimes Sirins are seen as a metaphor for God's word going into the soul of a man. Sometimes they are seen as a metaphor of heretics tempting the weak.
Sirin, the Bird of Paradise :: ( 1st half of the 19th century )
An Alkonost from a a 19th century Russian lubok. The Alkonost is, according to Russian mythos and folklore, a creature with the body of a bird but the head of a beautiful woman. It makes sounds that are amazingly beautiful, and those who hear these sounds forget everything they know and want nothing more ever again. The alkonost lays her eggs on a beach and then rolls them into the sea. When the alkonost's eggs hatch, a thunderstorm sets in and the sea becomes so rough that it is…
Россия.Райская птица Сирин.1820 Mention of them remained in Russian chronicles. A picture of illustrations preserved in ancient manuscripts, the jewelry of Kievan Rus, in the threads of white stone cathedrals of Kiev to Vladimir-Suzdal. Sirin and Alkonost - bird-maidens of ancient legends and stories.
Sirin is a mythological creature of Russian legends, with the head and chest of a beautiful woman and the body of a bird (usually an owl). According to myth, the Sirins lived "in Indian lands" near Eden or around the Euphrates River. These half-women half-birds are directly based on the Greek myths and later folklore about sirens. They were usually portrayed wearing a crown or with a nimbus. Sirins sang beautiful songs to the saints, foretelling future joys. For mortals, however, the birds…
Изображение Птицы Алконост Середина XVIII в. Ярославль, ксилография, раскрашенная цветной акварелью, 380х310 мм.., оригинал -- экспонат Музея народной Графики (Москва)