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  ruyi (amulet)

 

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A ruyi is an ancient Chinese scepter-like tool, held as a symbol of power. It also exists in miniature, as an amulet, carried around in briefcases or the pockets of business suits of high-level managers, directors, etc. Ruyi are sometimes decorated with auspicious figures from Chinese mythology, such as here with bats, which are a symbol for good luck.