Hardstone embellishments on jade were generally reserved for decorative items such as ruyi sceptres; see two white jade ruyi sceptres, attributed to the Qianlong period, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, one decorated with peaches, bats and lingzhi fungus in lapis lazuli, coral and glass, included in the Museum’s exhibition Masterpieces of Chinese Ju-i Scepters in the National Palace Museum, 1995, cat. no. 6, and the other, finely inlaid with various gemstones depicting peaches, narcissus on the ruyi terminal and bamboos, lingzhi and rockwork on the shaft, exhibited in Emperor’s Treasures. Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, op. cit., cat. no. 178; and a pair from the Qing Court collection and still in Beijing, decorated with quails and millet, published in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Jadeware (III), Hong Kong, 1995, pl. 30, together with a white jade hairpin inlaid with a lotus flower design, pl. 7.
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