Northern Wei Dynasty
One of a pair of colossal stone qilins (C656 and C657). Male. The qilin is a mythical animal primarily containing lion and dragon features. Qilin are often placed in pairs at the beginning of a pathway that leads to a burial mound. Depicted in a running motion, this qilin and its female counterpart demonstrate strength and power through emphasis on muscle. It was believed that they would enhnace the dignity of the tomb, glorify the memory of the deceased and protect against evil spirits. This piece has one horn and a beard falling onto its chest. The legs, tail, and ears are broken and partly missing.
Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1927
Current & Past Exhibitions:
Chinese Rotunda (1968)
Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)
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