"A finely patinated Chinese Ruyi (Jui) of finely carved boxwood, 18th C., 12 1/2" long.
The term Ruyi is Chinese and refers to a curved scepter-like emblem of rank used in court ceremonies. It also occurs in Buddist iconography as a symbol of religious dialogue and is then held by Manjuari in his famous debate with Vimilakirti. It is usually made of a precious material such as sandalwood with or without jade at the two ends and middle, boxwood, bamboo, jade (nephrite and Jadeite), etc. Its shape is said to have been derived from the sacred fungus or Plant of Long Life and it is regarded as an emblem of longevity, and also represents the mystic Lotus (Buddhist)." - Bernie McManus, Appraiser, Woodbury House, Connecticut, 10/23/1999