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: Oct 15, 2010

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The phoenixes appear either side of the central flower motif. The purse designer has chosen to colour them green with a light gold outline. I love the shape of the purse it reminds me of a kidney bean.

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