; literally: "as desired; as [you] wish") is a curved decorative object that serves as a ceremonial sceptre in Chinese Buddhism or a talisman symbolizing power and good fortune in Chinese folklore.A traditional ruyi has a long S-shaped handle and a head fashioned like a fist, cloud, or lingzhi mushroom. For example, the Palace Museum in Beijing has nearly 3000 ruyi that are variously made from valuable materials like gold, silver, iron, bamboo, wood, ivory, coral, rhinoceros horn, lacquer, crystal, jade, and precious gems.
Edkins 1904: 238), "I fear that though your Majesty acts in this way you will still not obtain what accords with your wish." The anthropologist Berthold Laufer (196) said that the Chinese accounts of the ruyi are "more unsatisfactory" than for any other object in Chinese culture.
Stylized repetitions of the shape are incorporated as a motif in the depiction of heavenly clouds.
Ruyi symbolize achieving prosperity in fengshui practice.
Chinese ruyi was borrowed as a Buddhist loanword into Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese, with corresponding Sino-Xenic pronunciations (see Infobox above).
Chinese classic texts from the Former Han dynasty (206 BC – 24 AD) have the earliest usages of the word ruyi.