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]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Ancient China," 2005.