The qilin (麒麟) is a legendary creature in Chinese mythology. The female called the lin (麟), the male called the qi (麒). “Qilin” is a designation for the whole species. The qilin also appears in the mythologies of other cultures. Such as Japanese and Korean mythology, known as the kirin.
There are variations in the appearance of the qilin in historical China, owing to cultural differences between dynasties and regions. During the Jin dynasty, the qilin was depicted as wreathed in flame and smoke, with a dragon-like head, scales, and the body of a powerful hooved beast such as a horse. In the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), the qilin was represented as an oxen-hoofed animal with a dragon-like head surmounted by a pair of horns and flame-like head ornaments. The qilin of China’s subsequent Manchu Ching dynasty (1644–1911) was a particular fanciful animal with the head of a dragon, the antlers of a deer, the skin and scales of a fish, the hooves of an ox and tail of a lion.
This pair we have got the appearance from Ching dynasty. Though the quality of work and the conditions shows they are more likely made in early to mid 19th century. In great condition. A rare find and one of a kind pair of Chinese Qilin.
Dimensioins: 31.5″ x 10″ x 39″
Antique piece. Sell in used, pre-owned condition. Vintage and antique items by nature have variable amounts of wear, imperfections, signs of use, age and time. Perfectly imperfect. Condition shown as in pictures. Kindly contact us if you need more info. or detail pictures.
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