石麒麟 Stone Kylin2017-07-26
石麒麟 Stone Kylin
Time: They were built no later than 1725 and placed in front of Yuanmingyuan at first. In 1741, when constructing AnYou palace, they were moved to AnYou. In 1925, they were moved from Yuanmingyuan to Beijing University.
Location: west of Administrative Building
Category: Stone inscription
The Kylins are 174 centimeters in height, 141 centimeters in width in the obverse side and 195 centimeters in width in the side face, which has a 98-centimeter high Sumeru seat. They are carved delicately and of supernatural workmanship. But in fact, every stone Kylin base is jointed by two carved stones. The gap is 19 centimeters away from the upper surface, which is hard to be observed because of shrink.
They were placed in Yuanmingyuan at first and they were patron saints in front of AnYou Palace. They were moved here after the construction of Yenching University.
Cultural relic moral: Kylins are holy beast in Chinese traditional culture. They are incarnations of good fortune. Their images are combined with power and kindness, so they are often used for decoration in front of palace gates.