Pair of Qilin, decorative ornamental copper roof top, 19th century China



  • Period:19th Century
  • Country of Origin:China
  • Dimensions (H x W x D):1 x 1 x1cm
  • Weight:0 Kg
  • Number of components:2
  • Condition:Excellent
  • Style:Asian
  • Materials:Metal, Copper, polychrome copper
  • Price:1100 €


Qilin:
Guarantee of peace and happiness. The appearance of a Qilin is a good sign for the region, presage of a good government and an era of prosperity and rejoicing under the rule of a wise man, according to Chinese thought.
The Qilin, qílín, kilin, kirin or kỳ lân is a fabulous composite animal from Chinese mythology with many appearances. It usually holds a bit of deer and horse, has a coat, scales or both. A cosmogonic creature and king of coat animals, he resides only in peaceful places or in the vicinity of a sage, to discover one is always a good omen. It is also given the power to bring a talented son who will do great things. The Qilin was renowned as the presage of a prestigious descent to become illustrious, and the wish was expressed "that the Qilin bring noble sons". It takes different aspects according to the Ming or Qing dynasty.