Qilin is a mythological animal in the Chinese culture, it has some auspicious meaning. One of its iconographic features is that there is only one horn on it head. This piece does bear one horn while other parts of the image are more typical of a bull rather than a Quilin

Qilin (Mythological Animal)

China

Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

  • Titles Qilin (Mythological Animal) (Descriptive)
  • Artist China
  • Medium jade
  • Credit Line Gift of Dr. and Mrs. M. Bruce Sullivan, 1991.861.6
  • Object Name mythological animal
  • Classification Sculpture