CHINESE BELT TOGGLES FROM THE POWERHOUSE COLLECTION – TAASA Review March 2023
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This article was originally found in the March 2023 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 32, Issue 1, Page 4).
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Min-Jung Kim C hinese belt toggles known as zhuizi are small carved ornaments that were hung at the belt as a counterweight for pouches or cases.
Traditional Chinese dress did not have pockets so carrying pouches at the waist was a common practice.
Pouches or cases were used to carry various items such as tobacco, pipes, knife and chopstick sets, flint and steel sets, fans, snuff bottles, spectacles, seals, needles, perfumes, medicine and money...