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Red Sandalwood Three-panel Ruyi Scepter with Floral Inlays

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Period: mid Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: red sandalwood, jade, jadeite, tourmaline and emerald
Date: undated
Dimensions: length: 51.1 cm

The craftsman inlaid green jade in peach tree patterns into the panels on the head, the end, and the middle of the handle. Jewel stones including tourmaline, jadeite and rubies are inlaid in the jade to represent flowers, leaves and peaches in splendid colors. Brown jade is used for the branches. These vivid decorations demonstrate the sophisticated carving skills of Qing dynasty craftsmen.   
  This ruyi scepter has a note indicating that this one was placed in the Palace for Nurturing Joy (Yuqing gong) and was taken back on twenty-seventh of the seventh month in the second year of the Daoguang reign (1822) because some decorations peels off.

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