A traditional Ruyi has a long S-shaped handle and a head fashioned like a fist, cloud, or lingzhi mushroom. Ruyi are constructed from diverse materials, for example, the Palace Museum in Beijing has nearly 3000 ruyi that are variously made from valuable materials like gold, silver, iron, bamboo, wood, ivory, coral, rhinoceros horn, lacquer, crystal, jade, and precious gems. The "ruyi" image frequently appears as a motif in Asian art. ANTIQUE 19thC RARE CHINESE SOLID SILVER & ENAMEL RUYI, TIAN BAO, BEIJING c. Antique 19th Century extremely rare Chinese solid silver-gilt & blue enamel Ruyi scepter, D.
Ecorated in repoussé with a four character inscription to the shaft reading ji xiang ru yi, the head with a bird on a blossoming tree, the central panel with a stylised shou character and the terminal with a bat holding a spray of peaches in its mouth, all picked out in gilt and within key fret border with dark blue enamel, a six character mark to the reverse including the maker's mark for Tian Bao. It is unclear whether Tian Bao was a manufacturing silversmith, a retail silversmith or both, but there is certainly evidence the Tian Bao operation was built upon a long standing silver making tradition that was probably family generational during the last years of the decline of the Qing Dynasty, it became increasingly clear that drastic economies and changes had to be made to the unwieldy establishment behind the Imperial throne. Many of the Imperial workshops in the Forbidden City were disbanded and this caused some of the master enamelers and metalworkers to set up independent workshops, of which Tian Bao was one. For more information and examples of Tian Bao work please see A. In Great Condition - No Damage.All items are cleaned and inspected before being dispatched, we use only the best packing materials to insure your item reaches you safely and discreetly. Auctiva offers Free Image Hosting and Editing. The item "ANTIQUE 19thC RARE CHINESE SOLID SILVER & ENAMEL RUYI, TIAN BAO, BEIJING c. 1880" is in sale since Tuesday, September 17, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\Chinese\Other Chinese".antiques" and is located in London. This item can be shipped worldwide.