Henan Museum
Belt Hook with Gold Inlay
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Time: 2024-07-04 10:12:58
Period: Warring State period (475-221 BC)
Provenance: Collected at Liejiangpo of Xinzheng county, 1977
Measurements: L.25.5 cm, W.3.3 cm

The belt hook features a rectangular and arched shape, the hook is missing. The body was entirely inlaid with gold and turquoise of varied color shades, the gold inlays are mostly the X-shaped geometric patterns, and alternate with cloud designs.

The technique of gold and silver inlay emerged in the Spring and Autumn period, followed the long-term development, it became popular and thrived in the early Warring States period, and bronzes with inlaid gold and turquoise increased remarkably at that time. In terms of the craftsmanship, the present piece was created by adopting the technique of gold and turquoise inlay, the intricate designs make it gorgeous, displaying the remarkable layered result.

Belt hook, known as “gou”(hook) in ancient China, was a component of the waist belt, and was normally comprised of three parts, namely, the head, body, and knob, used for fastening belts or ornaments. Most of the belt hooks are made of bronze, iron, and other materials such as gold, silver, jade, stone in some cases.