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Garment Clasp


Artist Unknown (China)


3rd century B.C.

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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Medium: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects, Metalwork | Bronze inlaid with gold and turquoise
Size: 1 3/4 x 2 in. (4.45 x 5.08 cm)
Creation Place: Asia, China
Culture: Asia, China
Style: 3rd century B.C., Warring States period
Physical Description: A beast with the forehead shield and ears of a t'ao-t'ieh has a scaled body coiled tortuously around a bird(?) and terminated by two bold tufts. A small tiger (?) clings to the beast's haunches. The scale decor is inlaid alternately with gold and turquois
Credit: Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Bequest of Alfred F. Pillsbury
Accession Number: 50.46.117
Added to Site: February 28, 2009