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- Previous Owner(s)
This ruyi scepter was presented to the Qianlong emperor (reigned 1736-96) in 1783. The word ruyi literally means "as you wish," and decorative scepters such as this symbolized good wishes. The head of this scepter is decorated with ornaments of turquoise: both bats and peaches are emblems of good fortune and immortality in Chinese lore.
- Published References
- Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 109, p. 176.
- Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 27.
- Roger Soame Jenyns William Watson. Chinese Art, The Minor Arts: Gold, Silver, Bronze, Cloisonne, Cantonese enamel, Lacquer, Furniture, Wood. The Universe Library of Antique Art vol. 2 New York. p. 43.
- Dr. Berthold Laufer Parish-Watson Company. The Gold Treasure of the Emperor Chien Lung of China. Chicago and New York. cat. 8, pp. 25, 27.
- Smithsonian Institution. Report of the Secretary, 1938. Washington, 1938-1939. pl. 1.
- Joe Dan Lowry Joe P. Lowry. Turquoise: The World Story of a Fascinating Gemstone. Layton, UT. p. 56.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
- Web Resources
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- Rights Statement
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