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Jadeite "Qilin" Carving

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Photo: Robert Weldon, Gift of Sophie Leu,

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Chinese carvings often incorporate symbols for good luck, prosperity and other positive wishes. Qilin or Chi Lin is a Chinese unicorn with a dragon’s head on the body of a horse. This Qilin carries a fan, gourd, fly whisk, flute, lotuses, pomegranates and bamboo tubes --all symbols of fortune and wealth.