The Phoenix Bronze Cloth is a cloth Ikki took after completing his training, and killing his trainer, Jango. It is of the lowest class of the cloths that Athena’s Saints wield, the Bronze Cloths.
The Phoenix Cloth is based on the constellation of the same name. In Greek and Egyptian mythology, the phoenix was a legendary bird that was particularly noted for being immortal; when about to die, the creature would immolate itself, and then be reborn from its own ashes. Accounts vary on the appearance of the phoenix, but it has been stated to be either a fiery red or purple color; the purple hue desginates the phoenix as a symbol of royalty, in addition to being an emblem of resurrection, the sun and eternal life.
In Christianity, the phoenix also serves as a symbol of Jesus Christ. In demonology, it is also the name of a demon of Hell, who appears as his namesake with a sweet, seductive voice; if handled correctly, the demon Phoenix is able to aid his summoner in the fields of poetry and science. This demon is also said to be regretful of his decision to follow Satan, and seeks redemption from God in order to return to Heaven.
The Phoenix Bronze Cloth was kept on Death Queen Island, where no Saint in training was able to get it, over many years. Death Queen Island was the worst Hell of training to be at, with intense heat, dead land, where little life can grow, and an active volcano. Until Ikki had defeated his master, and defeated Jango, who lead the Black Saints, nobody had taken the cloth that is known.
The Phoenix Bronze Cloth has been used for both good and evil by it’s only known Saint, Ikki.