Plate

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

Geography:
Made in China, Asia

Period:
Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

Date:
Kangxi Period (1662-1722)

Medium:
Porcelain with overglaze enamel and gilt decoration

Dimensions:
Width: 10 5/8 inches (27 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1955-50-383

Credit Line:
The Alfred and Margaret Caspary Memorial Gift, 1955

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Label:
Depicted at the center of this plate is a qilin leaping through a landscape with a phoenix overhead. According to Chinese classical texts, the qilin is one of the four mythical animals—among the phoenix, tortoise, and dragon—that wield miraculous power. The appearance of the creature is considered an auspicious symbol of peace and the righteousness of a ruler.