Some birds aren’t meant to be caged, and Anne’s Bird is one of them. It’s one of the many stand-out pieces in Urban Nature Culture’s first collection, a candle holder that brings light to anyone’s home. Its bright yellow feathers add a playful and colorful touch to any household, but there’s much more to this unique item. It’s inspired by an ancient old, mythological bird called ‘Feng Huang’.
Feng Huang is the bird that, according to Chinese mythology, resembled a phoenix, the bird that reigns over all other birds. It is often depicted attacking snakes with its wings spread wide. Feng Huang is said to be made up by all different kinds of birds, the body of a mandarin duck, the tail of a peacock, the mouth of a parrot and the wings of a swallow.
According to legend, Feng Huang is the bringer of a new era. He appears rarely, but when he does, he marks the beginning of a new era – the birth of virtuous ruler for the Chinese empire, for example. In other traditions, he appears only in peaceful and prosperous times and hides itself when there is trouble. He descends from heaven to earth to do good deeds, fly back and then awaits his next trip down. Women wore hairpins of Feng Huang for prosperity, and you can still find it depicted on many different, beautiful items in Chinese households.
And so, being inspired by this unique piece of mythology, it’s safe to say that Anne’s Bird is a symbol of virtue and grace. A good luck totem that’s been part of China’s history for over 8000 years, now part of UNC’s collection – to bring a bit of luck, happiness and sunshine into your home. A candle holder that shines a new light upon your favourite place on earth.