A superb gold silver and hardstones embellished archaic belthook Han dynasty | 漢 銅錯金銀嵌寶帶鈎
A superb gold silver and hardstones embellished archaic belthook
well cast with an animal head-form hook gently curving to an arched body, finely inlaid with gold, silver and hardstones, the top decorated with a geometric pattern of scrolls and dots
14.6 cm, 5¾ in.
Grande fibule en bronze embellie d'or, argent et pierres dures, dynastie Han
14.6 公分， 5¾英寸
Overall in good condition.
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Collection of Asher Eskenazi. By repute acquired from Treasures gallery, Hong Kong, ca. 1990.
Related gilt-bronze belt hooks with inlaid decoration include one in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., included in the exhibition Traders and Raiders on China's Northern Frontier, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1995, cat. no. 75; another sold at Christie's New York, 19th September 2006, lot 156; a third exhibited in Chinesische Gold und Silber. Die Sammling Pierre Uldry, Rietberg Museum, Zurich, 1994, cat. no. 50.