Garment hook (daigou) with geometric decoration


Historical period(s)
Warring States period, Late Eastern Zhou dynasty, 5th-4th century BCE
Gilt bronze inlaid with turquoise
H x W: 21.2 x 1.7 cm (8 3/8 x 11/16 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, WWII-era 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]


[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
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum