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Collection

An image of Garment hook by

China

Title
Garment hook
Place of origin
China
Period
Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
Media category
Jade
Materials used
jade
Dimensions

1.8 x 2.0 x 8.0 cm

Credit
Gift of Elizabeth Stead 2004
Accession number
233.2004
Location
Lower Asian gallery
Further information

Crafted from pale celadon jade with a curved shape, the hook ends in a dragon's head with an open mouth and a pair of protruding eyes. The 'chi' dragon with its contorted body is depicted in full relief on the handle. Its backward-flying mane and fluent twisted body suggest the swift movement and strength of the creature. The base contains a plain circular stud. This motif is commonly referred to as the "blue dragon teaching its son", in which the big head represents the father dragon and the small creature its offspring.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

Exhibition history (2)

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

Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–05 Sep 2015