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

 

 

Provenance:

Formerly in a Dutch private collection

Sotheby’s London, 10 December 1991, lot no. 2


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