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A RARE SILVER-INLAID BRONZE BELT HOOK
WARRING STATES PERIOD - HAN DYNASTY
Estimate
10,00015,000
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248
A RARE SILVER-INLAID BRONZE BELT HOOK
WARRING STATES PERIOD - HAN DYNASTY
Estimate
10,00015,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Junkunc: Arts of Ancient China II

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A RARE SILVER-INLAID BRONZE BELT HOOK
WARRING STATES PERIOD - HAN DYNASTY
well cast with an animal head-form hook gently curving to an arched body, finely inlaid to the top with a geometric pattern of scrolls and dots, the underside with a circular button decorated with a whirl motif
Length 3 1/8  in., 8 cm
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Provenance

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

Catalogue Note

Compare several larger silver-inlaid bronze belt hooks of a similar form, including two decorated with different geometric patterns, from the late Warring States period to early Han dynasty, formerly in the Sakamoto Collection, published in Hayashi Minao and Higuchi Takayasu, Fugendō Sakamoto Gorō Chūgoku seidōki seishō [Ancient Chinese Bronzes in the Sakamoto Collection], Tokyo, 2002, pl. 309; one in the collection of Crown Prince of Sweden Gustaf Adolf, published in Nils Palmgren, Selected Chinese Antiquities from the Collection of Gustaf Adolf, Stockholm, 1948, pl. 29, fig. 6, together with a smaller example, inlaid to the button with a character reading ji (auspicious), pl. 28, fig. 4; one of a slightly smaller size, exhibited in Ancient Chinese and Ordos Bronzes, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1990, cat. no. 134; and a larger silver belt hook cast with a geometric design of swirls, formerly in the collection of Carl Kempe, illustrated in Bo Gyllensvärd, Chinese Gold & Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1953, cat. no. 78, and later sold in our London rooms, 14th May 2008, lot 24.

Junkunc: Arts of Ancient China II

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New York