Garment hook (daigou)


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

Garment hook

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


[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," Frank Caro Archive, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 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 active 1908-1950
Yamanaka and Co.

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

Copyright with museum