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11. A whitish-pale green carving of a qilin with books, late Qing dynasty

Side View

The mythical animal recumbent with its front and back legs tucked under its body, the stone of a whitish-pale green tone, with minor russet inclusions and flaws to the back legs and to the books

 Length: 7cm 

Provenance: Purchased from Johnson Walker Jewellers, Burlington Arcade, London, 2008.

The subject of the qilin spitting out a jade book is visual pun meaning ‘May you give birth to an illustrious son’ (lintu yushu). 


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