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Kilin and Kirin by Shara-Moonglow Kilin and Kirin by Shara-Moonglow
The Chinese Ki'lin and the Japanese Ki'rin were probably sub-species of the same Unicorn.

The Chines describe the Ki'lin as a mix between the female "Lin" and the male "Ki". Ki'lin is a perfect animal. It had scales and a mane and tail with flowing hair. The colors were sacred and were: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Black and White. In the earliest drawings the Ki'lin had two branched horns like a yearling stag, but has since been described as having only one. No consistency has been seen in how the coloring was or even how the animal looked. Said to be very gentle.

The Japanese Ki'rin was a fierce creature with fierce eyes hidden under bushy eyebrows. It was also a perfect animal, but was less gentle then it's Chinese cousin. It had one curved horn nestled in it's immence mane and used that horn to kill the evil person during a court hearing, basically; it could tell who was guilty and dealt with them on behalf of the judge. Tawny in color with cloven hooves. Again, no reall consistency in decriptions exist.


This is part of my "Unicorn Species" Series. Based on descriptions I have available, these are what I think they would look like!

If anyone knows of any I missed, please let me know, but look thru all of them first! Thanks!
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Soluna17 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
How would you like to do a commissioned piece? I'm looking for a concept artist for an equine character I'm developing.
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:icontwilightchilddestiny:
really accurate, nice that someone put these two in the same work for once :)
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GraveUnicorn Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
these are pretty!!
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Shara-Moonglow Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
Thanks! :glomp:
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inner-etch Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007
These are great! I had no idea there were so many species of unicorn...i was only aware of the european and these two..although i thought these were one and the same....This series is so informative! Well done!
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Shara-Moonglow Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007
Thank you! I have an excellent book, "Lore of the Unicorn" by Odell Shepard that has some of them and others I found on the net, in historical pages. :D

(Are you really a Unicorn? Otherkin maybe? If so, they Yay! So am I! :D)
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qitelremel Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007  Student
Will we get to see a karkadann at some point in the future?
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Shara-Moonglow Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
I have a Karkadann and a Sz in my gallery... Maybe you missed a page?
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qitelremel Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007  Student
Just found 'em. Very nice. :)
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Shara-Moonglow Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007
Thanks! :D
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