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Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Reportedly discovered at Chin-ts'un in Honan province, this elaborately decorated hook has three crystal bosses set over comma spirals with smaller green glass bosses interspersed between entwined chi-lung dragons. Large monster masks are at each end of the decorative field, and the long hook issuing from the mouth of one mask ends in a turned-back dragon head. The concave underside is left ungilded and is inlaid with scrollwork in silver wire. Richly decorated belt fasteners such as this made stunning accoutrements to the luxurious silk costumes of the Warring States period.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: November 21, 2009