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Belt for the First Birthday of a Baby

Artifact title Belt for the First Birthday of a Baby

Findspot : unknown | Age : Joseon Period, Late 19thC. | Specifications : L.(the lower part) 11.2cm |
Designation information : - | Artifact number : Gijeung1209·1210

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On their first birthday, children would wear this type of special belt, featuring ten embroidered symbols representing wishes for the child’s happiness and longevity. Boys wear a blue belt, and girls wear a red one. This belt is embroidered with patterns of the ten symbols of longevity (known as shipjangsaeng in Korean): sun, stone, water, clouds, pine tree, deer, bulnocho (mushroom of eternal youth), turtle, crane, and peach.
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