15 September 2009
PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF JAMES H. KELLEY
A RARE JADE AND HARDSTONE-EMBELLISHED ZITAN RUYI SCEPTER
The zitan handle in the shape of a gnarled stem carved in high openwork relief on top with subsidiary branches bearing heads of lingzhi fungus in white and green jade, amethyst, lapis lazuli, and three kinds of agate, the large fungus head at the top carved from semi-translucent green jade
17 in. (43.2 cm.) long, fitted box
Acquired circa 1960s-1974, and thence by descent within the family.
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