16 March 2017
A VERY RARE AND UNUSUAL SMALL TURQUOISE-EMBELLISHED GILT-BRONZE DRAGON-FORM GARMENT HOOK
NORTH CHINA, 3RD-2ND CENTURY BC
The garment hook is cast in openwork with the coiled body of a dragon with two tiny turquoise inlays, the beast’s long neck terminating in the head of a camel set at an angle to form the hook. A large circular button is on the back.
1 ¾ in. (4.5 cm.) long, box
The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida, by 1995.
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J. F. So and E. C. Bunker, Traders and Raiders on China's Northern Frontier, Washington D.C., Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1995, p. 171, no. 97, and p. 82, col. pl. 20, and detail p. 76.
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