Decorative, antique Chinese scepter 如意 (so-called ruyi) in shape of a mushroom 靈芝 (lingzhi).
Size: 14 ½ x 3 ½ x 2 ¾ inches (36 x 9 x 6,5 cm) 343 gram. Very well carved, good condition, no knocks or cracks.
Ruyi (Chinese: 如意; literally: "as desired; as [you] wish") is a curved decorative object that serves as a ceremonial sceptre in Chinese Buddhism or a talisman symbolizing power and good fortune in Chinese folklore. A traditional ruyi has a long S-shaped handle and a head fashioned like a fist, cloud, or lingzhi mushroom.
The lingzhi mushroom or reishi mushroom (traditional Chinese: 靈芝; pinyin: língzhī; Japanese: 霊芝;) enjoys special veneration in East Asia, where it has been used as a medicinal mushroom in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years, making it one of the oldest mushrooms known to have been used medicinally.
We offer Vintage Postcards, Chinese Antiques, Autographs, Graphics and more. WORLD WIDE SHIPPING!!
Welcome! Your Shop for perfect Gifts, Vintage Collectibles and Unique Antiques. 2500+ Unique Objects to choose from.