Qilin (Kirin) is the mythical hooved chimerical creature known in Chinese and other East Asian cultures, said to appear with the imminent arrival or passing of a sage or illustrious ruler. Qilin are thought to be a symbol of luck, piece, good omens, protection, prosperity, success, and longevity by the Chinese.
Qilin are also a symbol of fertility, and often depicted in decorations as bringing a baby to a family. Qilin is a specific type of the Lin mythological family of one-horned beasts.
The name is a combination of the two characters qi “male,” and lin, “female.” Qilin has a single horn on its forehead, a yellow belly, a multicolored back, the hooves of a horse, the body of a deer, and the tail of an ox. Gentle of disposition, it never walks on verdant grass or eats living vegetation.
The first Qilin is said to have appeared in the garden of the legendary Huangdi (Yellow Emperor) in 2697 BC. Some three centuries later a pair of Qilin were reported in the capital of Emperor Yao. Both events bore testimony to the benevolent nature of the rulers.
The advent of a great sage was made known when a Qilin appeared to the pregnant mother of Confucius (6th century BC). The Qilin thereupon coughed up an inscribed jade tablet that foretold the future greatness of the unborn child. The death of Confucius was foreshadowed when a Qilin was injured by a charioteer.
In 1414 a live giraffe was brought to China for the first time and presented as a Qilin to the Ming emperor Yongle. The tough old warrior, seeing through the intended flattery, curtly remarked that he certainly was no sage and the animal was certainly no Qilin. In Japanese, a giraffe is called Kirin, but the characters are those for Qilin.
The whole piece is handmade of solid bronze, and its horn is made of silver 925 and it comes with Black Walnut stand!
Dimensions (Qilin statue) -
35 X 22 X 57 mm / 1.38 X 0.87 X 2.24 inch
Weight: 115 g
Black Walnut stand -
70 X 50 X 16 mm / 2.76 X 1.97 X 0.63 inch