Lot 1128. A rootwood ruyi scepter, 19th century;20 ¾ in. (52.7 cm.) longEstimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000Price realised USD 1,625. © Christie's Image Ltd 2016

The scepter is formed from a length of root wood, with the head comprised of a natural gnarl.

Provenance: Katie Jones, London.

NoteCompare with another natural rootwood ruyi scepter illustrated by G. Tsang and H. Moss in Arts from the Scholar's Studio, Hong Kong, 1986, p. 145, no. 116.

Christie's. The Ian and Susan Wilson Collection of Scholar's Objects, New York, 17 march 2016