The Vermillion Bird belongs to the southern direction and vermillion red color, and its attribute is fire. The Vermillion Bird is often considered to be identical with the fiery phoenix, which represents rebirth, hope, warmth, and light. Majestically soaring through the starry sky, the focal point of the Vermillion Bird is its flame-like crimson tail, lending this lifelike sculpture an air of mystery.
This piece belongs to a set of five mythical creatures, each mounted on a sphere representing the universe and the cycles of nature, and reminding us to live in harmony with the natural world. On each sphere in the set is a circular constellation chart, which has been used since ancient times as a guide to making good decisions, leading to happiness and success in all aspects of life.
Associated with the four quadrants of the vault of heaven are the Azure Dragon of the East, the Vermillion Bird of the South, the White Tiger of the West, and the Black Tortoise of the North; in the center is the Qilin (unicorn). Each region corresponds to one of the five elements: metal (west), wood (east), water (north), fire (south), and earth (center). Moving across the night sky, the stars connect all life to the five elements. When the universe and elements are aligned, harmony ensues.