Stately Kylin in a Composite Silver Statue, China
This mythological creature is one of the “Four Divine Creatures”, the other three being the phoenix, the turtle and the dragon. In ancient times, it was regarded as a celestial animal, a benevolent animal, the mount for god and a symbol of auspiciousness. Of all animals, the kylin was ranked second only to the dragon. This is an exquisite sculpture. Nice patina.
I acquired this in 2003 from a Shanghai antique dealer.
This item has been sold.