A continuation of the Zoominations from Lowry Park Zoo. Starting first with a field of flowers.
To the Blessing of Qilin. Qulin (pronounced Chee-Lin) are mythical creatures of a good kind. They are composite beings, often taking the head of a dragon and the body of a tiger or deer. Peaceful, they are said to appear only where wise leaders rule. The Qilin are ranked first among the “four spirits” (the others being the phoenix, turtle and dragon). In this scene, four Qilin present a giant pearl as a symbol of blessings to the people. Thousands of medicine bottles filled with colored liquid, then tied together by hand, make up this lantern.
Here is a close up of those bottles.