Traditional Chinese Toggles: Counterweights and Charms is the definitive reference guide to the cultural and historical significance of zhuizi, or Chinese toggles.
Toggles were used by the ancient Chinese to secure personal effects such as eating kits and money pouches to their belts. Despite their utilitarian purpose toggles evolved into miniature works of art, made from various materials including wood, ivory and jade. This book contains detailed interpretations of the symbols and rebuses featured on the toggles as well as close-up photographs of over 1,500 toggles from six different collections.
Traditional Chinese Toggles is the first book published on the subject in over 50 years and is a must-have for anybody interested in the art of personal adornment.
Author of Four Centuries of Silver, Margaret Duda has also published several articles on Chinese adornment in Arts of Asia, Ornament, and the brochure for the New York Arts of Pacific Asia Show. She sold her first short story at the age of 17, and her stories and articles have appeared in many publications since then. A graduate of the University of Delaware, she has traveled to more than forty countries, and Traditional Chinese Toggles is the culmination of eleven trips to China and eight years of research. Margaret is as much a photographer as a writer with photo credits in many books and newspapers such as The New York Times. She has also exhibited her work in a number of gallery shows. The mother of four grown children, she has enjoyed working on books, articles, and photographyshows with her third son, Paul Duda.
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Owner of Studio Duda, Paul teaches at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, Connecticut. He is an MFA graduate of Pratt Institute, New York City, and his work has been presented to the public in over thirty one-man exhibitions in cities such as Istanbul, Prague, and New York. He has also participated in over fifty group exhibitions. He has traveled to more than thirty countries for his fine art work and has been published widely. His book entitled The Vanishing Hutongs of Beijing is available on Amazon, and his photographs can be seen on his websites: www.studioduda.com and www.dudafoto.com.