Carved from boxwood in imitation of rootwood, this ruyi scepter is a classic example of the Chinese scholar's love of natural forms This scepter is either a lotus flower or citron "Buddha's Hand". Buddha's Hand symbolize happiness, wealth and longevity. Ruyi scepters in the stylized form of a lotus flower with stalk, has traditionally been presented as birthday gifts. A Ruyi / lotus scepter is also the emblem of He Xiangu, one of the Eight Daoist immortals. The Yang (female principle) character of the Ruyi is often indicated by its similarity to the Lingzhi fungus and to clouds.
Additionally, the form of scepter called ruyi (meaning "as desired" or as "you wish") is an ancient auspicious symbol that became the mark of a cultivated gentleman. It may have originated as a weapon or as a Buddhist implement, but old paintings often depict scholars holding ruyi scepters while engaged in conversation. By the Ming period those done in "organic taste" like this one were common literati accoutrements and they were often given as gifts.
Estimated to be early 20th or 19th century, maybe even earlier. If you have any questions please reach out.
Length 15 1/2 inches
Weighs about 6 oz
Appears to be in excellent condition with no noticeable damage.
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Ruyi Scepter Lotus Citron Buddha's Hand Boxwood early 20th Century
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