Garment hook (daigou)

Historical period(s)
Warring States period, Late Eastern Zhou dynasty, 4th-3rd century BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 13.2 x 1.8 x 2.3 cm (5 3/16 x 11/16 x 7/8 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1948.13
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Garment hook

Keywords
carving, China, dragon, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), incising, nephrite, Warring States period (475 - 221 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1943
Yamanaka & Company, New York, to January 1943 [1]

From 1943 to 1948
C. T. Loo & Company, New York, purchased from Yamanaka & Company in January 1943 [2]

From 1948
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on July 14, 1948 [3]

Notes:

[1] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. NYL-43/482: "Jade buckle. Finely carved buckle in a yellowish ivory colour covered with a field of small coils and a finely penciled abstract motif on each side and terminated with horned dragon's head. Late Chou," C. T. Loo & Frank Caro Archive, Musée Guimet, Paris, copy in object file. According to an annotation on the stockcard, the object was purchased from Yamanaka & Company.

[2] See C. T. Loo's stockcard cited in note 1. On June 1, 1944, the object was taken by Loo to the Freer Gallery for examination.

[3] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated July 14, 1948, copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s)

C.T. Loo & Company 1914-1948
Yamanaka and Co. 1917 - 1965

Published References
  • Richard Gump. Jade: Stone of Heaven., 1st ed. Garden City, 1962. p. 133.
  • Thomas Lawton. Chinese Art of the Warring States Period: Change and Continuity, 480-222 B.C. Washington, 1982-1983. cat. 114, p. 166.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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