Ruyi, Scepter: Dragons


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Basic Information

Artifact Identification Ruyi, Scepter: Dragons   (1999.13.0016)
  1. Communication Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Personal Symbols
  4. :
  5. Status Symbols
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), 18th century
Culture Chinese

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 32.1 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 9.0 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 6.1 cm
Weight 144 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Plant--Boxwood, Plant--Wood
Manufacturing Processes Carved
Munsell Color Information Brownish Black (5YR 2/1) -Handle. Dark Brown (5YR 2/4) -Carving of top. Black (2.5YR /) -Handle(back, top).

Research Remarks

Published Description N/A

"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

Comparanda N/A
Bibliography N/A

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Fred A. Freund Collection
Reproduction No
Reproduction Information N/A

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