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Along with silver, gold, and ivory, turquoise was one of the precious materials sometimes used to ornament luxury objects during the Shang and Zhou dynasties. This garment hook would have been worn at the waist of a long robe by a member of the ruling elite; on the back is a small knob that would have attached to the robe or belt. The tie of the garment wrapped around the head of the animal, possibly a dragon, at the curved end of the hook. In later periods, Chinese connoisseurs appear to have lost their taste for turquoise, which was only rarely used in jewelry or other wares.
Bronze, inlaid with turquoise, silver, and gold
Warring States Period
Warring States Period
1 1/2 × 1 1/4 × 7 1/2 in. (3.8 × 3.2 × 19.1 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Alan and Simone Hartman
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Garment Hook, 475-221 B.C.E. Bronze, inlaid with turquoise, silver, and gold, 1 1/2 × 1 1/4 × 7 1/2 in. (3.8 × 3.2 × 19.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Alan and Simone Hartman, 1991.127.6. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1991.127.6_top_PS4.jpg)
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