Silk and metallic thread embroidery on plain-weave silk patterned in gauze
15 x 15 1/4 in. (38.10 x 38.73 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1936
Not on view
The qilin is a fantastic animal shown here in its conventional form. The flames shooting from the creature's body signify its supernatural powers. After 1662 the qilin became the insignia of military officials of the first rank; before that time it was worn by nobles.