Garment hook inlaid with turquoise

Historical period(s)
Late Eastern Zhou or early Western Han dynasty, 3rd century BCE
Bronze, gilded silver, and turquoise
H x W x D: 22.2 x 4.2 x 4.2 cm (8 3/4 x 1 5/8 x 1 5/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Jewelry and Ornament, Metalwork

Garment hook

casting, China, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), gilding, inlay, Western Han dynasty (206 BCE - 9 CE), WWII-era provenance

From 1940 to 1941
C.T. Loo & Company, New York from October 1940 [1]

From 1941
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C.T. Loo & Company on March 20, 1941 [2]


[1] See C.T. Loo's stockcard no. 86941: "One bronze buckle in the form of an animal with a tiger holding on the back a running dragons, inlayed with turquoise, Warring States," Frank Caro Archive, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, copy in file. The object was brought to the Freer Gallery for examination on November 13, 1940.

[2] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated March 20, 1941, copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s)

C.T. Loo & Company active 1915-1962

Published References
  • Alfred Salmony. Art and Thought, Issued in Honour of Dr. Ananda K. Coomaraswamy on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday. London. pl. 29, fig. 2.
  • Thomas Lawton. Chinese Art of the Warring States Period: Change and Continuity, 480-222 B.C. Washington, 1982-1983. cat. 70, p. 118.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum