QiLin – Yellow Jade


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Sizes: L15cm x W5cm x H12cm
Weight: 2.095 Kg

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*The Qilin, is a 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 ilustrious ruler. Qilin is a specific type of the lin mythological family of one-horned beasts. Qilin generally have chinese dragona-like features. Most notably their heads, eyes with thick eyelashes, manes that always flow upward and beards. The body is fully or partially scaled and often shaped like an ox, deer, or horse. They are always shown with cloven hooves. In modern times, the depictions of Qilin have often fused with the western concept unicorns. During the Jin dynasty, the Qilin was depicted as wreathed in flame and smoke, with a drogan-like head, scales and the body of a powerful hooved beast such as a horse. Sometimes they have feathery features or decorations, fluffy curly tufts of hair like Ming Dynasty horse art on various parts of the legs from fetlocks to upper leg, or even with decorative fish-like fins, as decorative embellishment, or even carp fish whiskers. According to Taoist mythology, although Qilin can look fearsome, they only punish the wicked, thus there are several variations of court trials and judgments based on Qilin divinely knowing whether a defendant was good or evil, and guilty or innocent, in ancient lore and stories. In Buddhist-influenced depictions, Qilin will refuse to walk upon a glass for fear of harming a single blade, and thus are often depicted walking upon clouds or the water. Legends describe it as a gentle and peaceful creatures, their diets do not include flesh. They take great care when they walk to never tread on a living creatures. Qilin can become fierce if a pure person is threatened by a malicious one, spouting flame from their mouths and exercising other fearsome powers that vary from story to story. Legends also tell that Qilin have appeared in the garden of the legendary Yellow Emperor and in the capital of Emperor Yao. Both events bore testimony to the benevolent nature of the rulers. It has been told in legends that the birth of the great sage *Confucius* was foretold by the arrival of a Qilin. Qilin are thought to be a symbol of luck, good omens, protection, prosperity, success, and longevity by the chinese. They are also a symbol of fertility, and often depicted in decoratios as bringing a baby to a family.
source: *WIKIPEDIA*

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Weight 2.395 kg