Sceptre or Ruyi

Description: Solid jade sceptre or ruyi with fine relief carvings of lotus and foliage designs on the undulating handle. The head is also carved with lotus and a yin-yang symbol.

Place collected: Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Lhasa
Date collected: 1921-10-16
Measurements: Overall: 35 mm x 69 mm x 316 mm; 1 3/8 in x 2 11/16 in x 12 7/16 in
Type: Personal Object

Note: List of Curios No A96: (6) Jade stick with crook on the top for hanging on a pillar and for use in the presence of the Emperor of China. The Dalai Lama told me that the above Nos. 91 -97 were all given by the then Emperor of China to the 5th Dalai lama, who visited the Emperor in Peking. This was afterwards confirmed by the Tsarong Shape (Tibet's Commander in Chief) speaking to Kennedy [Chief Medical Officer with Lhasa Mission 1920-21]. Curator note's: Ruyi are important symbols of power and were often given as gifts by the Chinese Emperor to foreign dignitaries as a sign of status. Written by Emma Martin
Accession no: 50.31.87
Other number(s): CB80 [Collector Number]

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