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Ruyi sceptre eighteenth century

Nephrite and silk | 44.8 x 10.2 x 5.9 cm (excluding loop, tassel etc.) | RCIN 11328

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Sceptres of this form, called ruyi, were a Chinese ceremonial symbol of power and good fortune. This sceptre is likely to have been made in the eighteenth century during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor (1711–99). This gift probably reached Nepal from China through diplomatic exchange before it was presented to the Prince.