Qing Dynasty Seal box with Boys riding a Qilin
Antique Chinese trinket, as box for seal paste. Famille rose porcelain with a lovely painting of boys and a qilin.
Height: ca. 42 mm (2 in), Diameter: 85 mm, (3,4 in), good condition, no crack or hairlines.
A boy riding a qilin (麒 麟) is a popular theme in the mid to late Qing Dynasty. The scene is known as qi lin song zi (麒麟送 子) which translates as "the qilin delivers boys (or children)".
Sons delivered by a qilin were considered to be destined to become high government officials. An auspicious design for boys hoping to pass the Imperial examinations.