DESCRIPTION: An antique Chinese wood toggle, carved in the form of a standing monkey holding a peach. Dating to the mid 19th C., Qing Dynasty, this toggle is in good condition with nice wear and patina. DIMENSIONS: 2 ½” high (5.5 cm).
ABOUT CHINESE TOGGLES: Chinese toggles (Guajian) are the precursors of the Japanese netsuke by many centuries, and acted as counter weights to hang objects from the belt or sash. As the costumes of China in previous times did not include pockets, toggles were attached by a cord to personal items such as tobacco pouches, pipes, eating sets, money or other items. Usually worn by men, they are most often made of wood, but toggles can also be found in jade, ivory, various metals and semiprecious stone. These beautiful folk objects reflected the expression and identity of their creators, and became amulets that were worm, fondled, and cherished for their ability to bestow good fortune, longevity, fertility, happiness and health.