Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

Made in China, Asia

Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

Kangxi Period (1662-1722)

Porcelain with overglaze enamel and gilt decoration

Width: 10 5/8 inches (27 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

* Gallery 242, Asian Art, second floor

Accession Number:

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

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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.

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