A fine and rare inlaid bronze garment hook  Warring States/Western Han period

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Lot 308
A fine and rare inlaid bronze garment hook
Warring States/Western Han period

US$ 20,000 - 30,000
£ 16,000 - 24,000
PROPERTY FROM THE RENLU COLLECTION
A fine and rare inlaid bronze garment hook
Warring States/Western Han period
Imaginatively cast on the crest with a mythical winged bixie, its long tail and open mouth joined to a curved shaft finely inlaid with silver and turquoise and terminating in gilt bronze hooks, one end in the form of a fantastic bear, the precocious animal standing on hind legs in a dynamic pose with front paws resting on powerful thighs and mouth agape, the opposing hook modeled as a dragon head with ears laid back flanking deep-set eyes, the whole with patches of green encrustation and supported by a knop for attachment.
8 3/8in (21.3cm) long

Footnotes

  • 戰國/西漢 局部鎏金銅錯銀嵌松石雙獸首帶鈎一件

    There are two turquoise inlaid belt hooks of thin elongated shape published in Julia White et al Adornment for the Body and Soul: Ancient Chinese Ornaments from the Mengdiexuan Collection (Hong Kong: The Univ. Museum and Art Gallery, 1999, pp. 109 and 111; the former dated to the Warring States period and the latter as Han.

    See the gold harness fitting with a bear design published in Simon Kwan and Sun Ji Zhongguo Gudai Jinshi [Chinese Gold Ornaments] (Hong Kong: Muwen Tang Meishu Chubanshe, 2003), pp. 232-233. Sun there notes that this artifact is likely related to recent archaeological finds excavated from the area of the modern city of Guangzhou.
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A fine and rare inlaid bronze garment hook  Warring States/Western Han period
A fine and rare inlaid bronze garment hook  Warring States/Western Han period
A fine and rare inlaid bronze garment hook  Warring States/Western Han period
A fine and rare inlaid bronze garment hook  Warring States/Western Han period
A fine and rare inlaid bronze garment hook  Warring States/Western Han period
A fine and rare inlaid bronze garment hook  Warring States/Western Han period
A fine and rare inlaid bronze garment hook  Warring States/Western Han period
A fine and rare inlaid bronze garment hook  Warring States/Western Han period
A fine and rare inlaid bronze garment hook  Warring States/Western Han period
A fine and rare inlaid bronze garment hook  Warring States/Western Han period
A fine and rare inlaid bronze garment hook  Warring States/Western Han period
A fine and rare inlaid bronze garment hook  Warring States/Western Han period
A fine and rare inlaid bronze garment hook  Warring States/Western Han period
A fine and rare inlaid bronze garment hook  Warring States/Western Han period
A fine and rare inlaid bronze garment hook  Warring States/Western Han period
A fine and rare inlaid bronze garment hook  Warring States/Western Han period
A fine and rare inlaid bronze garment hook  Warring States/Western Han period
A fine and rare inlaid bronze garment hook  Warring States/Western Han period
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