Garment hook (daigou) with interlace


Historical period(s)
Warring States period, Late Eastern Zhou dynasty, 5th-4th century BCE
Bronze inlaid with gold
H x W x D: 10.6 x 1.8 x 2.2 cm (4 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
Jewelry and Ornament, Metalwork

Garment hook

casting, China, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), inlay, Warring States period (475 - 221 BCE), WWII-era provenance

To 1948
Jun Tsei Tai (1911-1992), Shanghai, to November 1948 [1]

From 1948 to 1949
C.T. Loo & Company, New York, purchased from Jun Tsei Tai in November 1948 [2]

From 1949
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C.T. Loo & Company on November 7, 1949 [3]


[1] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. 46141: "Gild bronze buckle, curved rounded body with dragon's head hook, entirely covered with floral motives in gold inlaid. Late Chou," Frank Caro Archive, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, copy in object file. According to an annotation on the stockcard, Loo purchased the object from J. T. Tai in China.

[2] See C. T. Loo's stockcard cited in note 1. On February 21, 1949, the object was sent to the Freer Gallery for examination.

[3] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated November 7, 1949, copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s)

Jun Tsei Tai 1911 - 1992
C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950

Published References
  • Thomas Lawton. Chinese Art of the Warring States Period: Change and Continuity, 480-222 B.C. Washington, 1982-1983. cat. 53, p. 104.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 24, p. 155.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 20.
  • Robert Dale Jacobsen. Inlaid Bronzes of Pre-Imperial China: A Classical Tradition and Its Later Revivals. 2 vols. Ann Arbor. pl. 279.
  • Martin J. Powers. Pattern and Person: Ornament, Society, and Self in Classical China. Harvard East Asia Monographs, no. 262 Cambridge, MA. .
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

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