Pair of ringed belt-attachments

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 19th century
Gilded brass inlaid with stone
H x W x D: 6.5 x 5 x 1.5 cm (2 9/16 x 1 15/16 x 9/16 in)
Credit Line
The Dr. Paul Singer Collection of Chinese Art of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; a joint gift of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, Paul Singer, the AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, and the Children of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Jewelry and Ornament, Metalwork

Costume accessories

China, Paul Singer collection, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911)
Provenance research underway.

Chinese robes did not have pockets, so men wore belt attachments from which they could suspend pouches to hold potpourri, ornamental scarves, or swords.

Published References
  • Marjorie Wall Bingham. An Age of Empires, 1200-1750. Oxford and New York, 2005. p. 136.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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