Married together in this great saga about the "Phoenix" are the major issues of life, death and resurrection, of destruction and starting afresh. The figure by young Meissen sculptor Max Hagstotz dwells on the magical moment of rebirth: with a relief-moulded eagle still visible on the base, the newly-born phoenix is already taking shape above. Its feet and parts of its tail have yet to emerge from the ashes, and yet it is already flapping its wings in an effort to take to the skies. It powerfully spreads its wings as it stretches its neck up towards the heavens. Born again after being written off as dead, starting afresh with gusto - such myths from antiquity have now been ably articulated in a masterpiece of art-handicraft fashioned in Meissen porcelain.