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Lot 46: Chinese Han / Jin Quilin Pottery Mythical Creature
27 October 2016
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
Far East, China, Late Han/Jin Dynasty, ca. 100 to 420 CE. A powerful hybrid mythical chimera creature with a large pig-like head, flared nostrils, round ears, full pouty and strangely almost human lips, and expressive eyes, a canine body, legs, and paws, and dragon-like crests along its back with a long, upturned curled tail, made from redware pottery and mounted upon a greyware slab base. This rare composite figure is extraordinary for its careful modeling and bizarrely hybrid composition. Later known as qilin, figures like this example capture the ancient Chinese interest in the spirit world in which such fantastical creatures were believed to reside. Mythological beings like this were thought to be at once protective and somewhat auspicious. Size: 6.5" L x 6.5" W x 10.75" H (16.5 cm x 16.5 cm x 27.3 cm)
Provenance: Ex - Allen Davis collection, Santa Fe, NM
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Condition Report: Repairs to legs, tail, and possibly uppermost crest. Otherwise intact and excellent.