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A large Chinese crackle glaze vase, decorated with four panels of playing Qilin' data-content='A kylin or qilin is a mythical Chinese animal, dating back to the 5th century with the head of a dragon, the body of a deer and the tail of a lion. It is a regarded as a good omen bringing serenity and prosperity, and is said to appear with the coming or departure of a wise sage or illustrious ruler.<br><br>It is also part of the culture of Korea and Japan.<br><br>As well as being represented in bronze and jade, it is also used as a decorative motif on ceramics.'>Kylin in underglaze blue on a grey crackle glaze body. Low relief black key and leaf borders. Four character mark. Height 45 cm

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