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Lot 311. A gilt-bronze garment hook, Warring States period; 3in (7.7cm) long. Estimate US$ 3,000 - 5,000 (€ 2,500 - 4,200). © Bonhams 2001-2020

 

The curved panel cast as a powerful dragon head, the bulging eyes and curved horns forming the center of the crest under a narrow neck extending to a bird-head hook with open beak.

 

Note: See a comparable hook published in Simon Kwan and Sun Ji Zhongguo Gudai Jinshi [Chinese Gold Ornaments] (Hong Kong: Muwen Tang Meishu Chubanshe, 2003), pp. 224-225, no. 85.

 

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