Chinese Ruyi Scepter
Chinese Ruyi Scepter Chinese Ruyi Scepter Chinese Ruyi Scepter Chinese Ruyi Scepter
Chinese Ruyi Scepter

Chinese Ruyi Scepter

  • This Chinese ruyi scepter was intended to bring good fortune to a recently married couple
  • The form represents "two blossoms sharing the same branch" symbolizing a marriage made in heaven
  • This specimen is crafted of hardwood with fine silver inlay and five white nephrite jade plaques
  • The plaques are carved with symbols of longevity, happiness and good fortune
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Item No. 30-3623
$34,500
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This rare Chinese ruyi scepter was intended to bring good fortune and happiness to a recently wedded couple, and would have been placed in the wedding chamber. Crafted of hardwood with fine foliate silver inlay and five white nephrite jade insets, the rare x-shape of this scepter symbolizes "two blossoms growing from one stem," a common metaphor in Chinese culture for a marriage made in heaven. Typically found in a single s-shape, these talismen represented power and luck. During the Qing Dynasty, the ruyi became symbols of political power and were a favorite gift both to and from the Emperor.

Qing Dynasty, 19th Century

14" length
specifications
Period: 19th Century
Origin:China
Material:Jade
Depth:2.25 Inches
Width:6.5 Inches
Height:14.0 Inches
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