21 - 22 June 2016
SCEPTRE RUYI EN LAQUE ROUGE ET NOIRE
CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, EPOQUE QIANLONG (1736-1795)
The ruyi-shaped head is carved through the red and black layers with the Daoist immortal Zhang Guolao standing in a rocky landscape holding a cylindrical bamboo drum (Yugu). The shaped handle is incised with bamboo, lotus scrolls, antique vessels and a Buddhist lion, and a bat is depicted in the ruyi-shaped tip. There is key fret on the sides and diaper pattern on the reverse.
15 in. (38 cm.) long
Property of a French noble family, the collection was formed by the present owner's great-grandfather, from late 19th century to early 20th century.
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Zhang Guolao, one of the Eight Immortals, is often depicted with a mule, and his attribute Yugu is a musical instrument in the shape of a bamboo tube or drum with two drumsticks.
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A CINNABAR AND BLACK LACQUER RUYI SCEPTRECHINA, QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
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