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A SUPERB LARGE WHITE JADE RUYI
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
A SUPERB LARGE WHITE JADE RUYI

QIANLONG-JIAQING PERIOD (1736-1820)

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A SUPERB LARGE WHITE JADE RUYI
QIANLONG-JIAQING PERIOD (1736-1820)
The sceptre is carved in shallow relief on the ruyi-head with a bat suspending a beribboned chime and two peaches. The end of the shaft is carved with a bat with spread wings. The smoothly polished stone is of an even creamy-white tone with almost no inclusions other than a small area on the reverse of the head and a corner on the end of the shaft that have been enhanced russet. The end of the shaft is pierced with two holes for suspension.
16 ½ in. (42 cm.) long

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The ruyi sceptre, a longstanding auspicious symbol in Chinese art gained popularity in the Qing dynasty when it was often used as a gift to the Emperor on his birthday. The present sceptre is distinguished by its sheer size and the even creamy-white tone. The shaft has been intentionally left undecorated to showcase the superb quality of the stone.

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