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Title

Ornamental sword hook


Artists

Unknown Artist


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


Details


Other Title

Small belt hook with incised dragon head on hook and taotie mask on body


Place where the work was made

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



Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


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