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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.
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  • 44.8 x 10.2 x 5.9 cm (excluding loop, tassel etc.)

    93.0 x 10.2 x 5.9 cm (loop, tassel etc extended)

  • Presented to King Edward VII, when Prince of Wales, during his tour of India in 1875-6 by Bir Narsingh Kunwar, Maharaja Jung Bahadur Rana [Prime Minister] of Nepal. Recorded in the catalogue of the collection of Indian arms and objects of art 1898, in Case A, no. 7, as ‘presented by H.H. Jung Bahadir of Nipal [sic]’.

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