The wish-granting wand, or commonly called ruyi scepter, of carved Zitan wood, the scepter's head decorated elaborately with detail of vigorously front-facing striding imperial dragons soaring between dense of flames and scrolling ruyi clouds, the comprised design on body and handle. The wood shows dense hardwood, with fine feathery grain and dark lustrous patina. Adorned with golden endless knot suspending the purple tassel. The ruyi, considered one of the Eight Treasures, was a scepter which represented power and authority.
The ruyi was originally a short sword with a sword-guard used for self-defense or gesturing. There is some speculation that it may have evolved from a back scratcher.
The head of the ruyi is similar to that of the Lingzhi or "fungus of immortality" and the lotus.
The name "ruyi" is usually translated as "as you wish" or "in accordance with your desires".
The ruyi now symbolizes good wishes and prosperity.
Dimensions: 17-1/2" L x 4-1/2" W
Over all in EXCELLENT condition. Some stress of wear. Natural wood imperfection, wood joint mark, minor scratches and dents. Normal consider ages and wears.
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