Art/ Collection/ Art Object

麒麟判子牙彫根付
Kirin (Mythical Chimera) Standing on a Seal

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
second half 18th century–first half 19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Ivory
Classification:
Netsuke
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.965
Not on view
The kirin is considered a paragon of virtue. It has the head of a dragon, the body of a deer, legs and hooves similar to those of a horse, and the tail of a lion. Its single, distinctive horn links it to the unicorn.
Edward C. Moore , New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA).
Lincroft. Monmouth Museum. "Curious Creatures and Bizarre Beasts," January 28, 1979–April 15, 1979.

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