A rare small glass-inlaid gilt-metal belt hook, China, Late Warring States-Early Eastern Han dynasty, 3rd century BC-1st century AD

A rare small glass-inlaid gilt-metal belt hook, China, Late Warring States-Early Eastern Han dynasty, 3rd century BC-1st century ADEstimate $7,000 - $9,000. Price Realized $9,375. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

Cast in the shape of a crouching animal, with the head at one end, the legs along the sides and the back with blue glass inlay, the eyes and those of the dragon head hook also inlaid in glass; 3 ½ in. (8.9 cm.) long, box

Provenance: The Collection of Robert H. Ellsworth, New York, before 1995.

Christie's. THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT HATFIELD ELLSWORTH PART IV - CHINESE WORKS OF ART: METALWORK, SCULPTURE AND EARLY CERAMICS, 20 March 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.