Tobacco pouch

Certain Qing dynasty (1644-1912) robes lacked pockets, making pouches useful accessories. But the opening of this tiny tobacco pouch is stitched closed, indicating it was purely ornamental. Chinese “double happiness” characters appear on the tassels, and both sides are embroidered with phoenixes (symbolizing the Han empress) and lotuses (symbolizing purity), suggesting it was worn by a woman.

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Can you identify the phoenixes on this pouch – where do they appear and what do they look like?

responded: Apr 15, 2010

Posted by Danielle Meder

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I think these are the phoenixes (in red), because these look like wings and heads to me - but I may be wrong!

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