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Ruyi Scepter with the Qianlong Emperor's Poem

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Period: mid Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: hardwood and jade
Date: undated
Dimensions: length: 32 cm

The head of this ruyi scepter is inlaid with a piece of jade carved into two dragons, while the end has another piece in the form of a square mallow with two embossed melon patterns. The design is simple and elegant. The jade on the end is thought to be from a Ming dynasty (1368-1644) belt ornament. On the handle is the Qinglong Emperor's poem An Ode to the Spring in Guisi Year (1773, Guisi chuntiezi ci). The inscription is followed by two seals indicating that an official, Qiu Yueshu, inscribed the poem.

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