A Bixie (Chinese: 辟邪; pinyin: bìxié, Wade–Giles: Pi-hsieh; 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. See also Pixiu.
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.
Sculpture in the Shanghai Museum
Stone statue from Luoyang during the Eastern Han period (25-220)
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