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The Fourth Stone Prop of the Western Wall (Side – Detailed view of the Fenghuang)
TitleThe Fourth Stone Prop of the Western Wall (Side – Detailed view of the Fenghuang)
The Fourth Stone Prop of the Western Wall (Side – Detailed view of the Fenghuang)
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This is a detailed view of the Fenghuang depicted on the side of the fourth stone prop of the western wall. Primarily in red, the Fenghuang is rendered in the five cardinal colors along with white, brown, green, and black just as stated in written records. Unlike other depictions, this Fenghuang’s unique feature is the red ribbon in its mouth rather than a palmette. The artwork almost seems to have been painted on smooth rice paper rather than a rough stone wall, and the strokes are impossibly smooth and alluring. The fantastic and beautiful appearance of the immortal world can be fully imagined through this one particular Fenghuang.