Belt hook - ROM2005_3483_1


Belt hook

Medium:Cast bronze
Geography: Reportedly from Jincun, Luoyang, Henan province, China
Date: 350-221 BC
Period: Eastern Zhou period - Warring States Period
20 x 1.8 x 2 cm
Object number: 931.13.50
Credit Line: Bishop William C. White Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China
DescriptionThe idea of using a belt hook to fasten clothing at the waist probably came from the nomadic peoples living along the northern borders of China. It became a fashionable item of dress in the Eastern Zhou period (771-221 BC). Belthooks come in a wide variety of designs, ranging from small studs to ones inlaid in intricate designs with precious metals. The theme of this belt hook is animal combat; there is a dragon-like head at either end and, in the centre, the head and forequarters of an animal devouring another creature.
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