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    Sale 1976

    Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 336

    A GILT-METAL EMBELLISHED WOOD RUYI SCEPTER

    18TH/19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GILT-METAL EMBELLISHED WOOD RUYI SCEPTER
    18TH/19TH CENTURY
    The head, middle and end of the long slender shaft inset with pierced gilt-metal plaques in the form of shuangxi (double happiness) motifs surrounded by leafy floral scroll over peacock blue-colored fabric, the end strung with two yellow silk tassels
    14½ in. (36.8 cm.) long, stand, box


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    Ruyi scepters, one of the most auspicious symbols in China, have been made in almost every medium. Most popular during the Qing dynasty, ruyi were often presented as gifts, and came to be associated with the ability to grant wishes, the word itself translating as 'as you wish'. This auspicious wish is strengthened by the use of the shuangxi motif, which is also a popular symbol for weddings.