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Belt Hook in the Shape of a Horse

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
This belt hook in the form of a horse comes from Lelang, one of three commandaries, or colonies, that the Chinese established in northwest Korea during the Han dynasty and that lasted more than four hundred years (108 B.C.E.–313 C.E.). It was either imported from China or cast by an immigrant Chinese craftsman living in Lelang, a profitable trading center selling Chinese goods to the Korean peninsula as well as to the islands of Japan. The hook for the belt protrudes from the chest of the beast. A stud on the back of the hook engaged a hole in one end of the belt or robe in the style of similar Chinese belt hooks. The horse’s shape is reminiscent of depictions in the nomadic Scytho-Siberian culture of Central Asia.
MEDIUM Bronze with green patination
  • Place Made: Lelang, Korea
  • DATES 3rd century
    DYNASTY Han Dynasty
    PERIOD Proto-Three Kingdoms or Three Kingdoms Period
    DIMENSIONS 2 3/8 x 3 5/8 in. (6.0 x 9.2 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 69.125.11
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Manheim
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
    CAPTION Belt Hook in the Shape of a Horse, 3rd century. Bronze with green patination, 2 3/8 x 3 5/8 in. (6.0 x 9.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Manheim, 69.125.11. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 69.125.11_PS11.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 69.125.11_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
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