Apr 27, 2018
Apr 27, 2018
Apr 27, 2018

Candlestand in the Shape of a Chimera Bixie

Candlestand in the Shape of a Chimera Bixie


265–316 CE

Glazed stoneware with molded and incised decoration, Yue ware

Overall: 8.3 cm (3 1/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1983.77


The candlestand in the shape of a chimera or bixie (a fantastical hybrid creature that was believed to ward off evil spirits) was molded in two parts. Incisions on both sides of the feline body suggest wings. Stone bixie placed in front of tomb entrances are prominent among the Six Dynasties kings buried in Nanjing. Candlestands in the form of chimera were found in tombs but may have been used in daily life too.

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