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Auspicious Animals: The Art of Good Omens

Many imaginary animals believed to be auspicious symbols of good fortune originated in ancient China. The most famous ones are the “Big Four”: the Winged Dragon, the Chinese Phoenix, Qilin (a hooved chimeric creature) and the Spirit Turtle. There are many more, not only from China, but also from Japan and other regions around the world.

This book showcases illustrated artworks, along with sculptures and applied arts, featuring these good omens. The collection, totalling around 240 pieces, readers can enjoy artworks from the Kano school, the Rinpa school, and artists such as Itō Jakuchū and Kawanabe Kyōsai.

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Dimensions 25.7 x 1 x 18.2cm
Fabric & material Hardback
No. of Pages 352
SKU 12092210

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Updated 19 May 2020

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Product story

Chapter One introduces the auspicious animals that originated from China, showcasing around 30 animals with explanations. Chapter Two presents another 30 animals that evolved in Japan. Chapter Three focuses on 10 rare animals from around the world, including India, Australia, The Netherlands, along with China during the Qing Dynasty and Vietnam under the Han Dynasty. Besides Albino animals, some animals from this chapter are common nowadays, but they were rare to the people in 17-19th centuries Japan.