19th century Chinese Buddhist ruyi scepter made out of a gnarled branch and a natural twisted ball shaped growth with extraordinary richly textured surface resembling swirling clouds or waves. Ruyi scepter is a traditional symbol of scholarship in Chinese culture, as well as of transmission of knowledge in Buddhist monastery environment. Beautiful lacquer finish, superb warm patina and sheen from generations of people touching it. Extremely pleasing to hold, simple elegant shape, practically no carving, wonderful piece for scholar’s desk or for a practicing Buddhist. Length 12 5/8 inches.