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Yang Junchang. Garment Hooks of the Eastern Zhou

In ancient China, garment hooks (daigou) were used by the nobility to fasten belts or waistbands, much as belt buckles are used today. In addition, they served as hooks for weapons, such as swords and knives, and objects for daily use, such as bronze mirrors and seals. They were also  enjoyed as purely decorative items (Wang Renxiang, 1982), and were produced in materials including jade, bronze, gold, silver and iron, with increasingly complex forms and surface designs. This article will present a brief summary of the history and development of the garment hook, with a focus on highlights from the Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BCE) in the collection of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

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