Chinese statue of a Bixie
A Bixie (Chinese: 辟邪; pinyin: bìxié, Japanese: 辟邪, へきじゃ, Hekija), is a type of lion-like mythological Chinese creature, or chimera. It is considered as an exorcising animal (辟邪 literally means "Avoid Evil") and is usually hornless.
The Bixie can have a pair of wings, which makes it rather similar to the Tianlu (Chinese:天禄, Japanese: 天禄, てんろく, Tenroku) in following early Chinese sculptural traditions of winged celestial beasts.
The Bixie may have been an adoption from Mesopotamian art, through Persia and Bactria, as a consequence of extensive trade relations initiated by Emperor Han Wudi during the Han period.
Some western scholars of Chinese art use the word "chimera" generically to refer to the bixie, qilin, and tianlu.
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