Garment hook (daigou)

Historical period(s)
Warring States period, Late Eastern Zhou dynasty, 4th-3rd century BCE
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 13.2 x 1.8 x 2.3 cm (5 3/16 x 11/16 x 7/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament

Garment hook

China, dragon, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), Warring States period (475 - 221 BCE)

To 1943
Yamanaka & Company, New York, to January 1943 [1]

From 1943 to 1948
C. T. Loo & Company, New York, purchased from Yamanaka & Company in January 1943 [2]

From 1948
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on July 14, 1948 [3]


[1] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. NYL-43/482: "Jade buckle. Finely carved buckle in a yellowish ivory colour covered with a field of small coils and a finely penciled abstract motif on each side and terminated with horned dragon's head. Late Chou," C. T. Loo & Frank Caro Archive, Musée Guimet, Paris, copy in object file. According to an annotation on the stockcard, the object was purchased from Yamanaka & Company.

[2] See C. T. Loo's stockcard cited in note 1. On June 1, 1944, the object was taken by Loo to the Freer Gallery for examination.

[3] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated July 14, 1948, copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

C.T. Loo & Company 1914-1948
Yamanaka and Co. 1917-1965

Published References
  • Richard Gump. Jade: Stone of Heaven., 1st ed. Garden City, 1962. p. 133.
  • Thomas Lawton. Chinese Art of the Warring States Period: Change and Continuity, 480-222 B.C. Washington, 1982-1983. cat. 114, p. 166.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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