This graceful horse-like creature is modeled standing with a pierced oval cover on a section of his back, his mouth is open and he’s in half stride, with gilt tail, mane and horn. The torso painted with cobalt blue spheres surrounded by flame like spirals. No damage or repairs. Japan, c. 1775
9” high x 8” long x 3” wide
The Kirin, or Qilin, is a mythical hoofed chimerical creature known in Chinese and other East Asian cultures. It is said to appear with the imminent arrival or passing of a sage or illustrious ruler, and is a good omen thought to occasion prosperity or serenity. It is often depicted with what looks like fire all over its body. It is sometimes called the “Japanese unicorn”.