Garment hook (daigou) with interlace

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At A Glance

  • Period

    5th-4th century BCE
  • Geography

  • Material

    Bronze inlaid with gold
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 10.6 x 1.8 x 2.2 cm (4 3/16 x 11/16 x 7/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Previous custodian or owner

    Jun Tsei Tai 戴潤齋 (1911-1992)
    C.T. Loo & Company (1914-1948)
  • Provenance

    To 1948
    Jun Tsei Tai (1911-1992), Shanghai, to November 1948 [1]
    From 1948 to 1949
    C. T. Loo & Company, New York, purchased from Jun Tsei Tai in November 1948 [2]
    From 1949
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on November 7, 1949 [3]
    [1] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. 46141: "Gild bronze buckle, curved rounded body with dragon's head hook, entirely covered with floral motives in gold inlaid. Late Chou," C. T. Loo & Frank Caro Archive, Musée Guimet, Paris, copy in object file.
    According to an annotation on the stockcard, Loo purchased the object from J. T. Tai in China. Jun Tsei Tai (more commonly known in the West as J. T. Tai), known also as Dai Fubao in Shanghai, was a successful art dealer who was initially based in Shanghai China. Tai became one of C. T. Loo's most prolific suppliers in the 1940s. In 1949, however, J. T. Tai fled with his family to Hong Kong, when Communist leaders came into power. In 1950, he immigrated to New York City, where he established J. T. Tai & Company, a successful company that specialized in the sale of Chinese arts.
    [2] See C. T. Loo's stockcard cited in note 1. On February 21, 1949, the object was sent to the Freer Gallery for examination.
    [3] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated November 7, 1949, copy in object file.
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

    Jewelry and Ornament
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