Garment hook (daigou) with geometric decoration

Historical period(s)
Warring States period, Late Eastern Zhou dynasty, 5th-4th century BCE
Medium
Gilt bronze inlaid with turquoise
Dimensions
H x W: 21.2 x 1.7 cm (8 3/8 x 11/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1948.27
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jewelry and Ornament, Metalwork
Type

Garment hook

Keywords
casting, China, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), gilding, inlay, WWII-era provenance
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 & 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]

Notes:

[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 letter from A. G. Wenley to C. F .Yau, Tonying & Company, dated December 6, 1948, copy in object file.

[3] See Tonying & Company’s invoice, dated December 8, 1948, in which the object figures under no. B. 165-1: “Bronze Belt Hook, inlaid with turquoise and gold / Han,” copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s)

Tonying and Company
Mrs. Christian R. Holmes 1871-1941

Published References
  • Thomas Lawton. Chinese Art of the Warring States Period: Change and Continuity, 480-222 B.C. Washington, 1982-1983. cat. 50, p. 100.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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