ELD'S DEER - 6.5x6.5 inches $195.00 (SOLD)
Highlighted Species: Panolia eldii
Status: Endangered - Poached for hides and antler trophies, and limited protection of their habitat.
The qilin is a creature from Chinese mythology that has the body and antlers of deer, the scales and whiskers of carp, the tail of ox, and the head of lung (a Chinese dragon). Though fierce to behold, they are gentle creatures, often depicted as walking upon clouds or across the surface of water so as not to harm grass or any other living creature. They are symbols of luck and prosperity.
Though descriptions of these chimerical beasts were woven from the traits of creatures in the Asian landscape for thousands of years, it was not until the 15th century in the Ming Dynasty when merchants presented giraffes from modern-day Somalia to the Emperor, that the qilin became associated with giraffes.
Size: 6 x 6 inches