Traditional Chinese Toggles

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Editions Didier Millet, 2011 - Art - 272 pages
This volume is a much-needed reference guide to the historical and cultural significance of Chinese toggles or zhuizi - carved pieces of jade, ivory, bone, wood, shell and semi-precious stones used by the Chinese in ancient times as counterweights to secure personal effects like tobacco pipes and money pouches to their belts. Over time, toggles became treasured objects of identity and expression, believed to bring the bearer good luck, happiness, fertility, longevity and health. The book explains how toggles were used in daily and ceremonial life, and interprets the designs that are fundamental to understanding these artefacts. Accompanied by stunning photography and detailed descriptions, Traditional Chinese Toggles: Counterweights and Charms will be the definitive illustrative guide to this little-known Chinese art form.
 

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Almost everyone is familiar with Japanese toggles (known to the world as netsuke), but until this volume, few will have even been aware of the existence of Chinese toggles. Except for the author, of ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
11
Wooden Toggles
25
Ivory Toggles
145
Organic Toggles
165
Jade Toggles
191
Old Rock Toggles
209
SemiPrecious Stone Toggles
219
Crystal Glass and Stoneware Toggles
229
Glossary
255
Eight Symbols of the Daoist Immortals
256
Precious Things
258
Works Consulted
260
Metal Alloys
262
Toggles from Other Private Collections
264
Index
265
Back Cover
273

Metal Toggles
239
Buddhist Symbols
254

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