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.