A jade figure of a qilin

Jade figure of qilin
Jade figure of qilin side


Qing dynasty
Length: 5 1/4 in, 13.3 cm

the jade figure of a mythical creature is shown in a recumbent position with one foreleg raised, and holds a large leafy stem bearing two blossoms in its mouth. It has two curling horns, a prominent spine, and an incised bushy tail. The stone is a greenish-white tone.

Provenance: An English private collection.