Ranyi is a legendary creature from the ancient bestiaries of China. The Ranyi was a fish that had the head of a snake with horse’s ears and was six feet long. It lived in the lakes near the Yuan River of the Yingdi Mountain. It was believed that eating the Ranyi would prevent one from going blind and repel evil forces.
The image of Ranyi is an original pen and ink drawing from a later edition of the Chinese book Guideways Through Mountains and Seas. The original scripture was complied during the Warring States period and the Western Han dynasty (4th century - 1st century B.C.E.).