OBJECTS FOR THE SCHOLAR'S DESK, Hong Kong 2011
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A BOXWOOD RUYI SCEPTRE

QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

LENGTH: 33CM

The sceptre is carved in the shape of a large lingzhi with two smaller fungi flanking the head and another small fungi alongside the stalk. The handle is covered with carved knots and burls and curved in a naturalistic manner. The boxwood surface is patinated to a reddish caramel tone.

SIMILAR EXAMPLE
A ruyi sceptre with a similar head and design and material is published in Arts from the Scholar’s Studio, Hong Kong, 1986, Catalogue No. 6.

清十八世紀 黃楊木「靈芝」如意