These antique Chinese silk coin purse-pouches date from the late 19th century. They are hand-stitched with silk thread on silk fabric, and embellished with appliqués of ancient Chinese symbols. The Chinese character 卍 (pinyin: wàn) is an ancient symbol of good luck, prosperity and long life. It was brought to China with the Buddhists and in Tibet it means changlessness and eternity.
These pouches are also called pockets and were meant to hold small things such as coins or seals since there were no pockets in the clothing. This pair are in great antique condition with usual wear due to age, but no rips or tears. They are a beautiful and unique piece of Chinese textile art and Chinese costume history!
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DIMENSIONS: 2¾" Diameter, 9" long with cord and tassle. The cords of these pouches are connected together; we have not tried to un-attach them.
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