~ Chinese Qing Dynasty Nephrite Jade Carving Mythical Chi-lin Creature #3 ~
A lovely hand carved jade figure of a mythical creature, dating to the Qing Dynasty era.
The nephrite jade is a deep green in colour with brown patches. The creature is crouching, with horn directed to the rear.
This mythical creature goes by different names in literature: Bixie – a kind of unicorn with rearward pointing horn, Chi-lin – a creature with a lion head, wings and bifurcated tail. In Cantonese it is ‘Pei Yao’.
The animal is regarded as the protector of the house and family.
~ Dimensions ~
One has a length of 4.75 inches (12 cm), a depth of 1.75 inches (4.5 cm) & a height of 2 inches (5 cm).
It weighs 325g
~ Condition ~
The piece is in great condition with no cracks or chips.