Lot 8. Five inlaid bronze belt hooks, Warring States period (475-221 BC). Length of longest 6 3/4 in., 17.2 cm. Estimate 5,000 - 6,000 USD. Lot sold 12,500 USD. © Sotheby's.
the first with a slender long shaft inlaid with gold and silver; the second and third also inlaid in gold and silver with characteristic belt hook shape, all three with chilong head hooks and decorated with S- and foliate scrolls highlighted with dots; the fourth inlaid in gold with geometric patterns, the tip sharply flaring outwards culminating in a rounded end; and the last inlaid in silver with a pattern of scrolling dragons, Japanese wood box (10).
Provenance: Mayuyama & Co., Ltd, Tokyo, acquired between 1960-1969.
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. New York, 19 march 2013