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British royal collections' Chinese items


British royal collections' Chinese items
A pale mottled celadon jade ceremonial wand with iron red inclusions, the handle carved in relief with a dragon amid scrolls, suspending twin red tassels with coral beads. The jade ceremonial wand, also known as Ruyi, was presented to British Queen Victoria in 1887 on her Golden Jubilee by Qing Dynasty Emperor Guangxu. ( Photo/Royal Collection Trust)
British royal collections' Chinese items
This is a pierced and carved sandalwood screen depicting cranes, a symbolic of longevity in Chinese culture. The screen incorporates many of the traditional Chinese woodcarving methods of preserving the original textures and colors of the wood, and enhancing the surface to make it appear smooth and lustrous. It was presented by Jiang Zemin, former President of China in 2002 on the occasion of the Queen Elizabeth II 's Golden Jubilee. (Photo/Royal Collection Trust)

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