QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
The sceptre is decorated with dense foliage wrapped around the handle, emanating budding finger citrus fruit as it meanders up the branch, issuing two fully ripened down-turned finger citrons which form the ruyi head. The larger finger citron is inlaid in mother-of-pearl and bone with a ruyi and a ribbon-tied ‘wan’ symbol framing two persimmon, completing the pun ‘wanshi ruyi ’ 萬事如意 (‘May ten thousand things be as you wish’). The wood surface has acquired a rich golden brown patina.
A boxwood ruyi with interlaced foliate decoration from the collection of the National Palace Museum is illustrated in Treasures from the Scholar’s Studio, Kyoto, 1992, p. 189, Catalogue No. 177.
A Private Collection, Kansai, Japan