Yongtai Village Gate - Toronto, Ontario
Posted by: Metro2
N 43° 40.070 W 079° 23.643
17T E 629472 N 4836233
Quick Description: This gate is located in the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 7/23/2012 8:54:01 AM
Waymark Code: WMEYJZ
Located in the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the placard accompanying these gates explains:
"Carved panels of tomb gate
Yongtai Village near Beijing
c.1660-1700, Qing dynasty
Some of Zu Dashou's more important
sons had their own enclosed family
graveyards, constructed next to their
father's. These panels, carved with
mythical qilin animals, come from the
gate which guarded the graveyard of
one of these sons."
As for the "qilin", Wikipedia (visit link
) informs us that the creature:
"...is a mythical hooved Chinese chimerical creature known throughout various East Asian cultures, and is said to appear with the imminent arrival or passing of a wise sage or an illustrious ruler. It is a good omen that brings rui (Chinese: ?; pinyin: ruì; roughly translated as "serenity" or "prosperity"). It is often depicted with what looks like fire all over its body. It is sometimes misleadingly called the "Chinese unicorn" due to conflation with the unicorn by Westerners."