Belt Hook, Bronze inlaid with gold, silver, ivory, turquoise, and Paris green, China

Belt Hook

Period:
Eastern Han (25–220)–Western Jin (265–316) dynasty
Date:
3rd century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Bronze inlaid with gold, silver, ivory, turquoise, and Paris green
Dimensions:
W. 1 in. (2.5 cm); L. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Gift of Ernest Erickson Foundation, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.214.73
Not on view
Inscription: A 13-character inscription on the back of the hook may be read "Bingwu spirit hook, its mouth holds a pearl, its hands grasp a fish. [May the wearer's position] rise to the highest."
The Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc. , New York (until 1985; donated to MMA)