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Garment hook with dragons

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 4th century BCE
  • Geography

  • Material

    Bronze with gold and silver inlay
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 22.9 x 2.5 x 4.2 cm (9 x 1 x 1 5/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Provenance

    Mrs. Christian R. Holmes (1871-1941), New York and "The Chimneys," Sands Point, Port Washington, Long Island. [1]
    From at least 1943 to 1948
    Tonying and Company, New York from at least 1943. [2]
    From 1948
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Tonying & Company, New York on December 8, 1948. [3]
    [1] According to an undated and unattributed note in the object file.
    [2] The object was brought to the Freer Gallery for examination by C. F. Yau in 1943, see A. G. Wenley’s letter to C. F .Yau, Tonying & Company, dated December 6, 1948, in object file.
    [3] See Tonying & Company’s invoice, dated December 8, 1948, in which the object figures under no. B. 60: “Gilt Bronze Buckle, with silver inlay dragon and other designs / Han,” copy in object file. See also “List of Objects Contemplated for Purchase by the Freer Gallery of Art,” approved by C. G. Abbot, the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, on February 4, 1944, copy in object file.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Mrs. Christian R. Holmes (1871-1941)
    Tonying and Company 通運公司 (established 1902)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

    Jewelry and Ornament
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