Birds of Paradise
Among the most common images were the representations of the two
legendary creatures, Sirin and Alkonost. Loosely based
on the stories about sirens, these half-women half-birds allegedly lived
"in Indian lands" near Eden or around the Euphrates River, and sang
their beautiful songs to the saints foretelling them future joys. However,
for mortals the birds were dangerous. Hearing their sweet voices, men
would forget everything on earth, follow them blindly, and die. To save
themselves from the Sirin, people would shoot the cannon, ring the
bells and make loud noises to scare the bird off.
         Stage set with birds of paradise
M. F. Larionov, 1937
 Composition with Horses and Birds of Paradise 
            Natalia Goncharova, 1915-1916 
Design for a curtain
The Sirin Bird 
 M. F. Larionov, 1914
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