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西漢 鎏金龍紋青銅帶鈎
Belt Hook with Dragons

Period:
Western Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 9)
Date:
2nd century B.C.
Culture:
North China
Medium:
Gilt bronze
Dimensions:
W. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm); L. 6 5/16 in. (16 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene V. Thaw, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.201.170
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
The Metropolitan Museum collection contains pieces of metalwork created by the nomadic peoples who lived on and beyond ancient China’s northern and northwestern borders during the first millennium B.C. A salient feature of this nomadic art is the naturalistic detail and vitality of the animal imagery that is the subject of most of these jewel-like artworks. A large gilt-bronze belt hook, cunningly crafted from intertwined dragons with inlaid glass eyes, underscores both the dynamism and skillful craftsmanship of this art form.

[Zhixin Jason Sun, Ancient Chinese Bronzes in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Orientations, March 2015]
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