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Ruyi Scepters with Jewelry Inlays
Ruyi Scepters with Jewelry Inlays
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This set consists of nine ruyi sceptres. Besides one in the form of a longevity fungus, the other eight pieces are in four pairs, the heads of which are designed as pomegranates, Buddha's hand, peaches, and butterflies on watermelons (see details). The longevity fungus is made of red agate using its natural colour and design. Many precious stones are inlaid on each piece to create patterns: stained ivory for leaves, white jade for petals, gold for pistils, and various pieces of carved jade for fruits and vegetables. One design depicts butterflies resting on a melon. The extreme luxury of these sceptres sheds light on the grandness of Imperial ceremonies. Each pair has an implied meaning. For instance, the one with pomegranate is a wish for many offspring. The sceptre with the longevity fungus means that one is truly outstanding.

History of the Object
This set of Ruyi scepters were originally perserved in the west corridor room of the Hall of Mental Cultivation (Yangxin dian).

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Wood and various semi-precious stones 
Measurements
Each length: 41.5 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
Qing dynasty (1644-1911) 
Function
 
Acquisition
Collection of the Imperial Palace 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Palace Museum, Beijing 
Museum
The Palace Museum 
Credit line
Palace Museum, Beijing 

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