Pair of dragon’s heads or imperial qilin

Pair of dragon’s heads or imperial qilin
China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912),
Reign of Qianlong (1736-1796)
Enamel painted on copper, gilt copper
Paul Gasnault bequest, 1898
Inv. 8922 A et B
© MAD, Paris

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These enamelled copper dragon’s heads or qilin are characteristic of the taste of Emperor Qianlong (1736-1796) for exceptional craftsmanship.
The enamel technique was brought to China by Jesuit missionaries in the late 17th century and developed in the early 18th century in the imperial workshops created by Kangxi (1662-1722) in the Forbidden City. In the 18th century, workshops began producing enamel in the Canton region in southern China.