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Title

Garment hook


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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


Details


Place where the work was made

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



Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history