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A RARE LARGE GILT-BRONZE BELT HOOK
WARRING STATES PERIOD - HAN DYNASTY
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 USD
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219
A RARE LARGE GILT-BRONZE BELT HOOK
WARRING STATES PERIOD - HAN DYNASTY
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

Junkunc: Arts of Ancient China II

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A RARE LARGE GILT-BRONZE BELT HOOK
WARRING STATES PERIOD - HAN DYNASTY
well modeled in a slightly arched rectangular form with a concave underside, crisply cast to the top in high relief with two addorsed creatures with powerful claws emerging from their entwined scaly bodies, terminating in doe-like heads, each detailed with long snout, almond-shaped eyes and pointed ears, the hook rendered in the form of a similar animal head, the underside with a circular button
Length 8 1/4  in., 20.9 cm
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Provenance

Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978).

Catalogue Note

The highly intricate design on the present belt hook incorporates both the rich imagination and the precise execution of the metalwork artisans during the late Eastern Zhou to Han dynasty. A small group of gilt-bronze belt hooks of this type, notable for their large size and complex decoration, are known in museums and private collections, including one cast with a very similar design, in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, published in The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. A Handbook of the Collection, New York, 1993, pl. 283; another exhibited in Ancient Chinese and Ordos Bronzes, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1990, cat. no. 128; a third, in the Collection of Crown Prince of Sweden Gustaf Adolf, published in Nils Palmgren, ed., Selected Chinese Antiquities from the collection of Gustaf Adolf Crown Prince of Sweden, Stockholm, 1948, pl. 22, fig. 8; a fourth offered in these rooms, 9th December 1987, lot 138; and another gilt-bronze belt hook of a similar size, cast with a slightly different design, but executed in the same intricate fashion, illustrated in Seiichi Mizuno, Tenri Sankōkan zuroku [Collection from Tenri Sankokan], Nara, 1967, pl. 91. See also related belt hooks cast with a similar design but also inlaid with glass beads, including one in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, published in Ancient Chinese Arts in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1989, pl. 224; and two sold at auction, one reported to have been discovered in Jincun, formerly in the collection of Robert W. Bliss, sold in these rooms, 6th December 1983, lot 91, and the other sold at Christie's London, 10th December 1984, lot 797.

Junkunc: Arts of Ancient China II

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New York