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Object Number: C657
Current Location: China Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: China
Period: Northern Wei Dynasty
Date Made: 4th-5th Century
Early Date: 300
Late Date: 499
Length: 2.13m
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1927


One of a pair of colossal stone qilins (C656 and C657). Female. Mythical qilin figures are predominately feline. The decorative treatment of the bulging chest differentiates the female, which has curved lines that run horizontally like jewelry, from the male, which has lines that run vertically from the neck down. Unlike the male, the female also has two horns.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968)View Objects in Exhibition
Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] Till, Barry. 1980. Some Observations on Stone Winged Chimeras at Ancient Tomb Sites. Artibus Asiae. 42 (4): pp. 261-281. : Page/Fig./Plate: 14a,bView Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1941. The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects. The University Museum Bulletin. 9 (2-3) : Page/Fig./Plate: Fig. 1View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1939. Chinese Art at the University Museum. Parnassus. 11 (1) : Page/Fig./Plate: IllustrationView Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] March, Benjamin. 1929. China and Japan in our Museums. : Page/Fig./Plate: 87View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Siren, Osvald. 1928. Winged Chimeras in Early Chinese Art. Eastern Art. Volume I (No. 2): 86-96. : Page/Fig./Plate: 87-96, Plates 9, 10View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Fernald, Helen E. 1927. Two Colossal Stone Chimeras from A Chinese Tomb. The Museum Journal. Volume XVIII (No. 2): 159-173. : Page/Fig./Plate: 159-173/eView Objects cited in this Publication

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