A silver and gold-inlaid bronze belt hook
Warring States period (475-221 BC)
The curved belt hook is surmounted by a small dragon head with a long slender neck gracefully curving to a widening body with canted sides. The surface is finely inlaid in gold and silver sheet with an overall archaic geometric design. The reverse is set with a round button for attachment to a garment and shows areas of malachite encrustation.
20.5 cm long
Formerly in a Dutch private collection
Sotheby’s London, 10 December 1991, lot no. 2