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  ruyi

 

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A ruyi is a an ancient, Chinese scepter-like tool, a symbol of power which is seen as a leading tool for business people and people in high placed jobs and in command over numerous subordinates. Here it is held by the goddess Kuan Yin.

 

Here a large one is shown on the back of a buffalo. In China, the buffalo is a symbol for the coming of spring and is regarded as the protector of family, happiness and tradition, but also of faithful partnership until the grave. It also carries a pot of gold and large Chinese fang kong qian coins (fig.).

 

  ruyi