Bixie, noun



Bixie, interestingly enough, has two meanings that couldn't be further apart from one another. In the world of antiques and collectibles, a bixie refers to a Chinese mythical beast having the head of a dragon and the body of a tortoise. It is derived from the Chinese name given to the protective powers of a mythical creature (or chimera). But bixie is also a modern-day, technological term, and refers to the variant emoticons used on the Byte Information eXchange. The smiley bixie, for example - <@_@> - is meant to represent two cartoon eyes and a mouth. Yay!

The item here is a large Chinese carved bronze bixie, having an open mouth and a shell decorated with flames, 13 ½ inches tall. It's slated to come under the gavel at Great Gatsby's Auction Gallery during their October 13-15 auction in Atlanta, Ga. The exotic and unusual piece is estimated to hammer for $3,000-$4,000. More about bixie: it is often considered an exorcising animal and literally translates to “avoid evil.” The bixie creature is usually hornless and is sometimes winged. It may have originated in Mesopotamia. Visit