The mythical beast is shown standing foursquare with its head turned upward to the right, and is fitted with a saddle on the back. Its body is enameled with blue scales and a copper-red flowing mane.
11 in. (27.9 cm.) across

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The qilin is an auspicious animal which is a symbol of longevity, fertility and wise administration, as it is said to only to appear during the reign of a benevolent ruler.

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