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Garment Hook

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
Along with silver, gold, and ivory, turquoise was one of the precious materials sometimes used to ornament luxury objects during the Shang and Zhou dynasties. This garment hook would have been worn at the waist of a long robe by a member of the ruling elite; on the back is a small knob that would have attached to the robe or belt. The tie of the garment wrapped around the head of the animal, possibly a dragon, at the curved end of the hook. In later periods, Chinese connoisseurs appear to have lost their taste for turquoise, which was only rarely used in jewelry or other wares.
MEDIUM Bronze, inlaid with turquoise, silver, and gold
  • Place Made: China
  • DATES 475-221 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Warring States Period
    PERIOD Warring States Period
    DIMENSIONS 1 1/2 × 1 1/4 × 7 1/2 in. (3.8 × 3.2 × 19.1 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1991.127.6
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Alan and Simone Hartman
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