also known as Chinese Unicorn, is a mythical creature of good omen. Like dragon,
phoenix and tortoise, Kirin is one of the four great mythical animals of China.
It is the symbol of grandeur, longevity, wisdom and benevolence. According to
legend, Kirin is a reincarnated essence of five elements. They do not consume
carrion and drink only morning dew. They are solitary creatures, and appear to
mankind only when a king of benevolence is on the throne, or when a sage is about
to be born. A Kirin is said to be appeared in the halcyon days of the emperors
Yao and Shun (7000-5000 years B.C.), and also seen at a time when the sage Confucius
was born (551-479 B.C.). Chinese folklore says that when the mother of Confucius
went deep in the mountain to worship the gods, she became pregnant of him by accidentally
stepping into the footprints of a Kirin.
in forms and vigorous in appearances, with head like that of a dragon, and tail
of a lion (foo dog), this pair of Kirin are radiating with fire, racing above
the rushing waves in a powerful force of character. Despite a slightly rusted
surface, this large polychromed pair are made of gilded cast iron and weight over
55 lbs each. Which are well suited as guardians for every home and office.
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