dragon KIRIN KYLIN QILIN spectacular 四灵兽 old large OPEN CENSER

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Saint George, ON N0E1N0(View Map)
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KIRIN KYLIN QILIN spectacular 四灵兽 old large heavy OPEN CENSER? temple spiritual divine DRAGON silver wash

… a truly magnificent find & so beautiful … antique Chinese artistry ...


SIDE NOTE: The Qilin (Chinese: 麒麟 pinyin: qílín) is a mythical hooved chimerical creature known in Chinese and other East Asian cultures, said to appear with the imminent arrival or passing of a sage or illustrious ruler. It is a good omen thought to occasion prosperity or serenity. It is often depicted with what looks like fire all over its body

According to ancient Taoist time period lore, although they can look fearsome, qilin only punish the wicked, thus there are several variations of court trials and judgements based on Qilin divinely knowing whether a defendant was good or evil, and guilty or innocent, in ancient lore and stories

The Kylin is one of the "Four Divine Creatures", the other three being the phoenix, the turtle and the dragon

• been sitting with this mythical creature for a while; as not sure exactly what it is & am assuming an open censer / incense burner • appears to be very old & in some ways quite crude & roughly hewn but, on the other hand, very intricate with so much detail – as shown in photos • note the fantastic talon bird like feet! • definitely hand wrought - thick • almost, looks as though he may have been a silver wash over the brass or even vice versa – really don’t know (parts have a silvery appearance & others have a golden color) • very heavy, weigh in at: 1431 grams / 3 Lbs. 2.5 OZ. • areas have been polished at some point in time & other parts not (as shown) • measures: 16”L x 5 3/8”W x 6”H (including feet) • there may be a maker’s mark under the darkened patina or amongst the detailing • please, view photos • beautiful old antique condition – nothing broken – tiny, tiny miniscule wear pinhole on tray at rear – camera would not even capture • additional photos available upon request • $300.00 - shipping available

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