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Ivan Bilibin was a Russian artist who drew heavily on Slavic mythology.

Ivan Bilibin was a Russian artist who drew heavily on Slavic mythology.

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 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.

Mar’ia Morevna (1901)Illustrations by Ivan Bilibin    alkonost? or harpy…

Mar’ia Morevna (1901)Illustrations by Ivan Bilibin alkonost? or harpy…

Alkonost (late 18th century).  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, rather like the sirens of Greek myth. The Alkonost is frequently depicted as the bird of Joy, counterpoint to the bird of sorrow: The Sirin

Alkonost (late 18th century). 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, rather like the sirens of Greek myth. The Alkonost is frequently depicted as the bird of Joy, counterpoint to the bird of sorrow: The Sirin

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.

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.

Printed textile.Late 17th century

Printed textile.Late 17th century

Sirin

Sirin

Птица Сирин

Птица Сирин

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…

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…

Beautiful art from Belarus – Anna Silivonchik

Beautiful art from Belarus – Anna Silivonchik

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