Dress accessory, toggle, Chinese yo-yo (diabolo),wood, maker unknown, China, c. 1700-1940 Toggle made of turned, polished wood in the shape of a triple ribbed "dumbbell" which is a kind of traditional toy called Chinese yo-yo (diabolo)
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Headline: Guajian or Gok Wan?
Summary: Chinese Toggles, also known as Guajian, were designed to be both useful and symbolic. As well as their utilitarian function as a counterweight to items carried on the wearer's belt, they were also beautifully carved objects designed to be repeatedly handled by the wearer. When touched they were believed to bring good fortune, longevity, fertility, happiness and health. They were made from materials that were smooth to touch and that would wear even smoother with age - wood, ivory, metals and stone.
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