Attractive, antique Chinese bronze seal with a Qilin as handle. Good expression, powerful look. Good quality bronze with natural patina.
Size: 32 x 32 x 50 mm, 141 grams. Some aging, green rust.
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.
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