Kirin (Mythical Chimera) Standing on a Seal
Edo period (1615–1868)
second half 18th century–first half 19th century
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
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.
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