Material and Medium: ivory, jade, copper alloy, silk
Dimensions: Overall: 50 x 80 x 420mm (1 15/16 x 3 1/8 x 16 9/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2008.49
This 'ruyi' sceptre (used as a symbol of authority) would have been given as a gift to bestow good fortune on a special occasion. This object is mounted with valuable jade, and is decorated with emblems of long life, good fortune and happiness. This includes the god of immortality Shou Xing, dragons and a bat.
The inscription on the back is about Lake Yao, in the home of the Daoist deities and immortals with its magic fungus and the peaches of immortality.Display Location: