A Qilin offering a book Date: 1644-1912 (Qing). Location: China. A jade carving of a mythical creature known as a qilin. Other names include kylin, chilin, and simply a unicorn. The creature has a body of a deer, head of a wolf, the tail of an ox, and hooves of a horse. This particular object shows a book on the creature's back, believed to be spat from its mouth. It was given as gift to children of wealthy families to bring good luck, and hope for the child to become a scholar.
A woman disguised as a man holding a parrot. Date: Tang Dynasty - Location: Shanzi Province, China. A clay sculpture of a woman who is believed to be dressed a male, a common practice during the Tang Dynasty.
Ritual food vessel (ding) with cover. Date: Early Zhou Dynasty (approx. 550 - 400 BC). Location: China. A bronze vessel discovered in Houma, Shanzi province, believed to be from the Early Zhou Dynasty. Materials found in the vessel suggest it was used to store food for export from its location.
Bird - Headed Ewer Date: Tang Dynasty - Location: Shaanxi province or Henan province, China. A ceramic piece brought to China from the Persian world. When trading with the Chinese, the Persians tried to replicate the Chinese porcelain but failed.
Basket with twisted handle. Date: Tang Dynasty - Location: Shaanxi Province, China. A ceramic vessel that was used to hold water. Most ceramic pieces from the Tang Dynasty have been found in and around the Shaanxi province in China.
Beast With Vessels Date: 1644-1912 (Qing). Location: China. A creature similar to a cow. Made from green jade. A beast who originated in ancient bronze works from the Warring States period. Over the course of history there have been many iterations on the mythical beast, changes in physical appearance such as with or without a horn.