Long Museum Exhibition of Chinese Ruyi and Porcelain

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/2/25 16:48:39

Many Chinese greetings used in daily life or during festivals include two Chinese characters "Ru" and "Yi" (literally "as desired"), such as "good luck," "all the best" and "Happy New Year." Ruyi for casual daily use actually carries deep and rich cultural connotations since ancient times. As a metaphysical concept, the word Ruyi appeared as early as in The Book of Han. At that time it was not only used literally to indicate "as desired," but also as the given name of a member of the royal family Liu. As a secular concept, Ruyi was one of the most fascinating material objects left in ancient life. Ruyi has a close association with today's "back scratcher" and "claw stick," a back-scratching tool recorded in ancient Chinese literature. Known from various ancient documents, Ruyi was used by monks for recording Buddhist scriptures while preaching or as a tool for scratching the back, according to an introduction from the website of the museum.

Date: Until March 31, 2018; 10 am to 5:30 pm, Tuesday to Sunday;

Closed on Mondays

Venue: Long Museum (Pudong)


Address: No.210, Lane 2255, Luoshan Road, Shanghai


Admission: 50 yuan

Call 6877-8787 for more details

Photo: Courtesy of Long Museum



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