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Lot 0071
18/19th Century finely casted Chinese Qing Dynasty gilt bronze covered censer in model of a mythical beast Qilin, with bulbous deep vessel body, raised on four straight prominent legs leading to four-toe eagle claws foot, with the lid simulated the Qilin head. Eyes with thick eyelashes, manes that flow slightly upward and beards flow draped unto the rim. Fiercely facing upward, open mouth revealed the fang and teeth, raised ears, and its ruyi shaped tail freely laid straight on the hip. The serpent shaped sketchers encircled beneath the eagle claws, its head raised unto rear left leg. The muscled body shaped like an ox, decorated with scrolling relief, detailed scales, and inlaid with colorful semi-precious stones including green turquoise, lapis lazuli, and red-coral.
Qilin are thought to be a symbol of luck, good omens, protection, prosperity, success, and longevity by the Chinese. Qilin are also a symbol of fertility, and often depicted in decorations as bringing a baby to a family.

Dimensions: 5-1/2" H x 4" W

Condition

EXCELLENT condition, with normal anomalies in nature, sign of stressed surface, minor scratch & dent. Surface traced wear and or declined to gilding. Normal, considering ages and wears.
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18/19TH C GILT BRONZE QILIN COVERED CENSER INLAID

Estimate $1,200 - $1,800Jan 27, 2018