Ruyi scepter with poem composed by the Qianlong Emperor


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This scepter was fashioned from bamboo veneer, a special technique where the exterior layer of a bamboo stalk is used to create a soft and smooth appearance resembling boxwood. Such works were popular in the imperial workshop because of their appeal to the Qianlong Emperor. The back of this scepter was incised with a poem composed by the emperor in appreciation of the bamboo scepter as an ideal literati object: “[The bamboo scepter] loves to stay where only witty conversa­tion takes place, and feels like meeting real gentlemen.”

Ruyi scepter with poem composed by the Qianlong Emperor, Bamboo veneer, silk, China

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