A very beautiful example of Chinese silverwork. Quilin symbolizes longevity, grandeur, felicity and wise governing among other things. This Quilin is portrayed with a figure on it's back – a government official perhaps?
Five fruit shaped bells hang from the bottom of the pendant to ward off evil spirits.
Circa nineteenth century.
Quilin 2 3/4″ wide x 3 1/2″ long
Chain 22″ long