I got this as a gift and I originally thought it was a foo dog but it has both paws on turtles, not on a cub or ball as foo dogs do. It may be a Pi Yao or Pixiu but I'm not so sure. Image


Since it has hooves (not paws), scales, and horns, it is almost certainly a qilin or "Chinese unicorn". I don't know why it is standing on four turtles, except that the turtle and qilin were two of the sishou or "four divine creatures", along with the phoenix and dragon.

They could be guarding dragon and phoenix eggs (the red spheres are different sizes) but this is just a guess.

  • I dont see the horns facing directly upward.... – bleh May 11 '16 at 2:04
  • OP's statue isn't the most artfully modeled one. Anyway, the qilin is represented in numerous ways; the second link contains qilin carvings almost identical (sans turtles and eggs) to the one in OP. – Spencer May 11 '16 at 2:26
  • True, just pointing it out. – bleh May 11 '16 at 15:45
  • Horns look like goat's horns. – Ken Graham May 12 '16 at 4:48
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    It also appears to have scales like a qilin. – T.E.D. May 12 '16 at 13:31

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