The Jason Chen collection of jade belt hooks, to be sold without reserve (lots 501-571) （拍品501-571為無底價）
Two lapis lazuli belt hooks
Qing dynasty Each worked with a long arched body and a circular knop at the underside, extending upwards to an upturned dragon head with a pair of horns and furry main running down the back of its head, one plain and undecorated, the other with a winding chi dragon clambering up to greet the mythical beast. Longest: 11.7cm long. (2).
清 青金石蒼龍教子帶鉤 青金石龍首帶銅
Lapis lazuli, known in Chinese as 'qing jinshi', has been collected from mines of Afghanistan for over six thoussand years and was fashioned into ornaments or used as embellishments in China since the Western Han period. Before the conquest of Xinjiang in 1759, which opened up local supply, the stone was extremely rare. The Qianlong Emperor is recorded as wearing a lapis lazuli necklance while presiding over ceremonies at the Altar or Heaven. A lapis lazuli Court necklace sent as tribute from Guangdong to the Emperor in 1771 is discussed in Tributes from Guangdong to the Qing Court, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1987, p.46.
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