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Quatrain VII

Come fill the Cup, and in the Fire of Spring
The Winter Garment of Repentence fling:
The Bird of Time has but a little way
To fly - and Lo! the Bird is on the Wing.


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I had decided against posting this one here at first, but was somehow persuaded otherwise by the approach of spring. I shall probably find I ought to have listened to my first judgement...

As with the illustration to quatrain IX, I again drew from Persian mythology for this; this time choosing the Huma bird as the subject. It is a creature of fortune who bestows kingship and flies without ever coming to rest. In some variations of its legends, it is said, like the phoenix, to consume itself in flames and rise again. I felt that it might serve for the metaphorical 'Bird of Time' of the quatrain.

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lllustration for the 150th anniversary edition of Edward FitzGerald's translation of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, published by The Folio Society, in a limited edition of 1,000 copies (edition sold out): [link]

Watercolours and gouache highlights on Arches Hot Pressed watercolour paper, 140lbs/300 gsm; 240 x 135mm.

Other illustrations for this book: [link]

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Copyright Niroot Puttapipat and The Folio Society, 2009
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whimandwonder Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE the background, and the composition, and oh my goodness the beautiful color scheme for the bird, how that minimal use of the blue POPS.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.
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wronatwist Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Student General Artist
awesome :)
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KaynessArt Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
the delicacy of your lines and detail and the use of space. it's sooo great!
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cynthiacxli Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
absolutely stunning
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DiakosRuLz Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
trully a MASTERPIECE! :O
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trsor7 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
So beautiful work !
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pedroography Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011   Interface Designer
so stylish and lovely
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aysenurvural Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011   Writer
very nice!
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mattandersondesign Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
I have been a regular on your livejournal and followed your work for some time now. Words can not express the amount of admiration (and envy) I have for what you create. You are incredible, as is this entire collection of illustrations. Also I would love to own a copy of this book :D
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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m-lupus Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
simply wonderful!! :+fav:
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Moth9 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Very nice! Your style is very similar to that of Edmund Dulac!
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Owlnip Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
Absolutely gorgeous, I am loving your whole gallery!
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deeMM Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
wonderfull collours and composition =)
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Dragon-Fly-Inn Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
wow, the colours.
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owensangel10 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Your work is wonderful. You are such a talented illsutrator!
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ayuICHI Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful and lovely!
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Ravenbell Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
I love your illustrations! this one caught my eye as the colours are so brilliant
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owensangel10 Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
WOW...YOU ALWAYS WOW ME! TOTALLY LOVELY!
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artybel Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Such beautiful work yet again! It's a pity the book has sold out, do you know if they will re-release it?
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ALT0 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
My God! This is amazing! I love the details!
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautifully executed, Squire, as always :nod: :clap:
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Esteryn Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
My favourite of your series. Love the bird, and the simple background sets all its feathers and details apart even more!
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Shirabelle Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
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KosherSoulMachine Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
I must say I fell in love with this one as soon as I saw it. The colors...(!!!)
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FictitiousEyes Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous!
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AVA4Zinkovsky Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
Good work.
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ArchArad Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
Another beautifully elegant illustration Niroot - just what I love from you.
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Sir-Pumpkinhead Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite a beautiful image to accompany an equally beautiful poem :)

I like the fact that you made research about this stanza and related the Huma bird with the Phoenix, as well as the "Bird of Time".
These words remind me of another creature that fits the description, but in a less metaphorical way. In this case we are hinted of the bird's true nature thanks to "the Fires of Spring" -reborn, renewal, life eternal- and the appelative, "Bird of Time" itself is a manifest declaration of the Phoenix/Huma's inmoratility. The creature I'm reffering to is Temefadis (also known as Corimak in some cultures). There is a couple of lines I'll translate and share:

"[...] its wings allow it to travel through the sky, and we find it always traveling. It only comes back to its home once every ten thousand years to sharpen its beak in one of the mountains, which are even harder than diamond and that are not of a natural mineral. When all the planet is worn away by this being, a second will have passed in eternity."
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, thank you so much for that insight into the Temefadis and the translation, Javier. How fascinating. I haven't even been able to find any information about it online from either of its names. It must be a rarity indeed.

I also felt that, as well as flying without stopping and its continual rebirth, the fact that it could bestow kingship and fortune yet added another parallel to Time, though perhaps in a less direct way.
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Sir-Pumpkinhead Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem, Niroot ;) I'm very glad you found it interesting :D It is quite a rare creature in fact. I take pride in saying I worked on a translation/correction by a good friend of mine that passed away just last year. He was a philosophy professor at Guanajuato's University, German in origin, and whose proposal of the duality and convergence of reality/fantasy astounded me since I read about it. In his last years he was interested in making a "philosophical" bestiary, so I approached him when a friend told me about it and I began helping him on it. Unfortunately it never got finished, although the count was something along 320+ creatures. Most information came from old books, including medieval manuscripts he checked upon his trips to Europe (which I wish I had gotten the money to follow him).

The Temefadis is described (more like hinted ) in Grimoald's Bestiary, found by the bibliophile Jeffrey Cauffman. Curiously, in one of Andersen's stories (and I write curiously because of your latest deviation) it is briefly mentioned a bird with similar characteristics. Then the last mention of it is in "Libro degli esseri reale e imaginari" by Masturcius Zarucchi. From which I translated this text (which I add complete here).

"The Corimak, as the Atlantians called it, has its residence in the center of Cosmos, in the crystal planet. It has been there before every one of us, and it will exist after every one is gone. It can not sleep nor dream; never has it suffered hunger or thirst and does not need to breather. It is said that it does not think the same way as the rest of the beings due to how it is constituted. Even if we had it in fron of us we wouldn't be able to recognize it, or would rationalize it as something familiar, for it is so alien to everything that we've ever seen and with which we are accustomed to, that its true nature woul be inconceivable to us.
Its wings allow it to travel through the sky, which is why it is always in peregrination. It only comes back to its home once every ten thousand years to sharpen its beak in one of the mountains, which are as or even harder than diamond and that are of no natural mineral known to mortals. When all that planet is worn away by this being, a second will have passed in eternity."

(sorry for the first "choppy" translation, did it in a rush ^^; )

I do not know what will happen with the project, but so far, I've taken it as my responsability to present it to publishers. As Professor Steinher did not have any family no one is asking for its rights, and as a close collaborator, I think I have the position to do so.
However, as there is no interest from publishers, I will probably (most likely) share it via a blog (which is something I had mentioned I'll open at some point).
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
How absolutely fascinating. I'm moved and humbled by your friend's work and the part you played in this bestiary. He sounds like someone I should have liked very much to know. I'm truly sorry to hear he is no longer with us. The bridge btween reality and imagination is something many of us artists are keenly attuned to, I think.

Thank you, Javier. I'm sorry too that a prospective publisher could not be found. I very much look forward to reading it on your blog when you open it.
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Oh man, I love that tail. :D
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Gorgeousness!
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Beautiful, I think I never stopped by to say this before, but you're one of my favorite illustrators ever =)
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It's so kind of you!
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kinamoteng-kahoy Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
the negative space works wonderfully! And the texture of the background...of course everything about it is great, because it's you, you know, and you always make top notch watercolors.
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Simply wonderful :)
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Love it. Insta-fav.
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Just stunningly beautiful!
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Nekranea Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
Wonderful! color, texture, composition... all is so beautiful :clap:
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Nethka Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Student General Artist
I love all your work :hug:

You are very talented :)
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nice colours
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I love the detail and the colors.
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absolutely gorgeous!
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FallingSong Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
This is absolutely beautiful.

On the mythology part, I've seen a lot of variations of this bird - in the phoenix, the simurgh, ziz... I love your interpretation of it, the colours match so well!
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Splendidly gorgeous :+favlove:
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Beautiful ^^
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