Pair of ringed belt-attachments

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Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 19th century
Medium
Gilded brass inlaid with stone
Dimensions
H x W x D: 6.5 x 5 x 1.5 cm (2 9/16 x 1 15/16 x 9/16 in)
Geography
China
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
Collection
Paul Singer collection
Accession Number
S2001.1.1-2
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jewelry and Ornament, Metalwork
Type

Costume accessories

Keywords
China, gilding, Paul Singer collection, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities founded 1981
Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, NY founded 1965
Dr. Elizabeth A. Sackler born 1948
Dr. Paul Singer 1904-1997
Arthur F. Sackler born 1950
Denise Marika born 1955
Dr. Carol Master born 1941

Label

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
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum