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Old and Rare Single Horned Sin-you with Ruyi Sceptre in Mouth. Paperweight. Bronze. China.

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  Chinese mythology is full of fantastic supernatural and mythical creatures. While Westerners are most familiar with dragons and the phoenix, throughout Asia there are numerous less-known mythological beings.   So to start with, this is not a Kirin, Qilin, Tiam Lu, Pixiu, Zheng, or a number of other hybrid… Continue reading

Natural Green Jade Chi-Lin Pair. Statues. Qilin. Kylin. Feng Shui. Xiu or Nephrite. China

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  Chi Lin – or the Dragon Horse – is a classic feng shui protection cure and mythological creature. Loyal to its owner and a protector to the owner’s house, the Chi Lin is of a royal status than other guardians.   Xiu Jade – aka Xiuyan… Continue reading

Carved Wooden Temple Yali Dravidian Statue, India

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Detail: Dravidian architecture is a style of southern India and evolved around the 6th century A.D. Part of that architecture involved the use of Yali mythological creatures seen in many Hindu temples such as: the Yali pillars of the Rameshwara Temple and the Agoreshwara Temple at… Continue reading

Qing Dynasty-Styled Qilin Mythological Creature Brass Statue, China

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Detail: If you possess a Qilin, it is a good omen. Acquired in a rural Chinese village by a San Francisco collector. Circa mid- to late-1900’s. In very good condition. A small amount of oxidation is present that can be removed with a cotton cloth… Continue reading

Nephrite Jade Pixiu Mythical Creature, China

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Detail: Tested and confirmed to be true nephrite jade. Shaped as a Pixiu which is a mythical creature representing wealth . . . and a voracious appetite for gold and silver. Circa early 1900’s and from a Chinese jade dealer/collector in Maryland. Sorry, this item… Continue reading

Antique Silver Mythical Chinese Qilin Chop / Seal, China

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Detail: I do not have a lot of details on this chop but it appears to be a silver and nickel composite. I secured this from a Midwest antique dealer. I think it is a Qilin, a mythical Chinese beast. They are known as good omens.… Continue reading

Small Antique Bronze Horse or Mythological Creature Statue, China

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Detail: This small statue has the body of a horse but the head, I’m not sure of. It was acquired from an antique shop outside Chengdu. I believe it is from the late-1800’s. In good condition.

Blue / White Porcelain Pixiu, China

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Detail: This Pixiu is a Chinese mythical hybrid creature that – according to stories – is able to draw wealth (especially gold and silver) to its owners. Acquired from one of our agents in Beijing. Circa mid-1900’s. Pristine condition.
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