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Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
This gilt bronze belt hook was reportedly discovered at Chin-ts'un, the important Warring States (480-221 b.c.) site in Honan province famous for the inlaid bronzes found there. The bronze body has been inset with six jade plaques, five of which are carved in shallow relief with matching scroll motifs suggesting entwined animals and stylized t'ao-t'ieh masks. Dragon heads emerge at either end, with a plain shield-shaped plaque (likely a replacement) set over the dragon head on the butt end. The combination of precious materials here is quite luxurious. Jades had been worn as personal ornaments throughout most of the Bronze Age, and it seems natural that they would be combined with bronze and gold to create utilitarian but exceedingly sumptuous items of personal dress.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: November 21, 2009