Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722)
early 18th century
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
H. 18 3/4 in. (47.6 cm)
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 200
The wonderful beast painted on this vase appears at first glance to be a qilin, a mythical and composite creature that has the body of a deer and the head, horns, and hooves of a dragon. The feet of this creature, on the other hand, appear to be those of a large feline such as a lion or tiger, which makes a positive identification difficult.