Ruyi Scepter, 18th century

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Symbolic of good wishes, the ruyi (literally "as you wish") is a sceptre-like object first encountered in Buddhist art. By virtue of its auspicious name, it became a favorite motif in the decorative arts of the Qing period (1644-1912). Placed on a writing desk or held in the hand, ruyi sceptres were made from a variety of materials including jade, carved lacquer, wood, cloisonné and porcelain. This spectacular gold and jade sceptre, decorated with the eight precious symbols of Buddhism, is from the imperial collection.

Ruyi Scepter
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