Chinese robes were constructed without pockets,
so a girdle was worn over a man’s robe and various small, decorative cases were
suspended from it. By the late Qing dynasty (1644–1911), men often wore a set
of receptacles, decorated with auspicious symbols, consisting of incense bags,
fan cases, eyeglass cases, money pockets, pouches for snuff or tobacco and a
case holding chopsticks and a knife.