Some believe that the ruyi scepter came to China along with Buddhism, in the eastern Han period (25-220 BC.) originally a monks tool for scratching ones self. Ruyi literally means “as desired” (as you wish). There are three types of ruyi, the early one was a slender stick, varying from 15 – 24 inches, which widened and curved at one end.
The second is a curved decorative object that serve as a ceremonial scepter or a symbol of power. It had a long S shaped handle and a head fashioned as a cloud or lingzhi mushroom. They are made from a variety of materials, from gold and silver to iron and coral, wood to rhino horn.
By the Qing dynasty (1644 – 1911) the ruyi had become a symbol of political power and were popular with the emperor Qianlong (1735 – 1796). They were used during imperial ceremonies and were valued as gifts to and from the emperor. They had changed even more in addition to the decorated end two further inlaid medallions were added, one in the middle of the handle and the other at the base.
One of the most valuable ruyi sceptres is called the five-happiness ruyi. The character Fu (happiness) is carved into the ruyi by five different Qing emperors, the five characters represent the wish for more children, more talent, more crop land, longevity and more luck.
High Five Baijiu Cocktail
15 ml of V.I.P Jiu 8
15 ml of vodka
15 ml of peach schnapps
5 ice cubes
Put V.I.P Jiu 8, vodka, peach schnapps and three ice cubes into a cocktail shaker and shake to mix, strain into a cocktail glass and add remaining ice cubes, top with champagne. Enjoy!