16 March 2017
TWO INLAY-DECORATED BRONZE BELT HOOKS
WARRING STATES PERIOD, 4TH-3RD CENTURY BC
One has a flat, rectangular shaft inlaid in gold with scroll designs and with glass ‘eye’ beads, a simplified dragon-head hook is at one end and a button on the reverse. The other is gilt-bronze inlaid in turquoise or turquoise glass, and is cast at one end as a dragon head and along the shaft with two bird heads with long ears and feathers or horns trailing behind them while in the center a small animal head has been cast in high relief, and a button is on the reverse.
6 and 7 ¼ in. (15.4 and 18.5 cm.) long
C.T. Loo & Co., New York, by 1941.
The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida, by 1982.
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C.T. Loo, Exhibition of Chinese Art, New York, 1941, nos. 168 and 167.
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