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Auspicious Animals: The Art of Good Omens

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The world of mythical creatures born from human imagination is presented in this beautiful collection of artworks.

Many imaginary animals believed to be auspicious symbols of good fortune originated in ancient China. The most famous examples are the "Big Four" the Winged Dragon, the Chinese Phoenix, Qilin (a hooved chimeric creature) and the Spirit Turtle. These and many creatures from the rest of the world are featured in this beautiful book. Auspicious Animals showcases illustrated artworks, along with sculptures and applied arts, of animals that represent good omens. The collection, totaling around 240 pieces, is accompanied by rich, enjoyable and approachable text.

This gorgeous edition features metallic gold lamination on the cover and makes a great gift or reference for any art lover.

352 pages. Hardcover. 

About the Author

Jun'ichi Uchiyama is a professor at Miyagi Gakuin Women's University. 

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