Belt hook (daigou) with dragon interlace


Historical period(s)
Warring States period, Late Eastern Zhou dynasty, 4th century BCE
Bronze inlaid with gold and silver
H x W x D: 12.4 x 6.1 x 3 cm (4 7/8 x 2 3/8 x 1 3/16 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, dragon, 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 February 1948 [1]

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

From 1949
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C.T. Loo & Company on May 10, 1949 [3]


[1] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. 46086: "Bronze buckle, curved flat spoon shape with dragon's head hook decorated with intertwined dragons in gold inlaid on silver ground, filled in with small dots. Abstract motives on sides in similar 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 bronze from J. T. Tai in China.

[2] See C. T. Loo's stockcard cited above. In June 1948, the object was taken by Loo to the Freer Gallery for examination.

[3] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated May 10, 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. 54, p. 105.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 22, p. 22.
  • 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. 282.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum