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An image of Ornamental sword hook by

China

Title
Ornamental sword hook
Other titles:
Small belt hook with incised dragon head on hook and taotie mask on body
Place of origin
China
Period
Han dynasty 206 BCE - 220 CE → China
Media category
Metalwork
Materials used
bronze
Dimensions

4.3 x 2.0 x 1.5 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Josef and Regina Neumann 1988
Accession number
129.1988.43
Location
Not on display
Further information

A dragon's head has been cast as the decorative tip of this ornamental hook. At the opposite end is a taotie mask, cast on top of a large buckle. Archaeological finds suggest this type of hook with its short body and broad end was used to bear swords and was worn vertically, rather than in the horizontal position used to secure a waist belt.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

Exhibition history (1)

Dragon (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jan 2012–06 May 2012