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Title

Ornamental sword hook

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Small belt hook with incised dragon head on hook and taotie mask on body
    Place where the work was made
    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
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    129.1988.43
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    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

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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