Skip to Content ☰ Open Filter >>

An Appreciation of Chinese Arts in Bryn Mawr College's Collections

Showing 1 of 1

Image of Buckle Hook with Inlay

Bookmark and Share


Buckle Hook with Inlay

Warring States
4th century BCE-3rd century BCE
Bronze with gold inlay

5 1/2 in. x 13/16 in. x 9/16 in. (13.97 cm x 2.1 cm x 1.5 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 47.162
Geography: Asia, China
Classification: Clothing and Adornments; Clothing
Culture/Nationality: Chinese
Collection: Helen B. Chapin '15 Collection

Keywords Click a term to view the records with the same keyword
This object has the following keywords:
  • Asian - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Asia, which is in the eastern hemisphere, and is bounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Arctic Ocean, and is generally considered to be delimited on the west by the Ural Mountains. It also refers to the numerous islands off the coast of Asia.
  • bronzes - Collectively, the class of sculptures, containers, or other objects executed in bronze, especially artifacts or works considered to be art. When possible, use the material term "bronze (metal)" plus a more specific object name, such as "bronze" + "figurines" or "bronze" + "bowl."
  • Chinese - The cultures, styles, and periods characteristic of China. To specifically refer to the cultures of ancient Chine, use "Ancient Chinese."
  • clothing - Coverings for the torso, limbs, hands, feet, and head for warmth, fashion, or to cover nudity. It generally excludes other items of costume such as jewelry, crowns, and other accessories that are purely decorative or symbolic and have no practical function.
  • Warring States - Refers to the culture, style, and period of later part of the Eastern Zhou, from 403 to 221 BCE, although some scholars date the period to 475 to 221 BCE. Its name comes from chronicles of the time. A time of severe fragmentation with a subsequent economic and political decline, it was nevertheless a time of imaginative craftsmanship. This creativity was perhaps spurred on by an increase in artistic patrons as well as competition between the different states of the Zhou dynasty. The tomb of the Marquis of Zeng at Suizhou in Hubei province is a notable early Warring States site; it contained over 15,000 artifacts such as bronze ritual vessels, bells, weapons, lacquerware, and wooden and bamboo objects. Birds with curved wings and dragons were dominant decorative motifs for bronzes and ceramics, revealing contact with the cultures of the Asiatic steppes, the Huns and Tartars.

Additional Images Click an image to view a larger version
Additional Image 47.162_BMC_s.jpg

Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • An Appreciation of Chinese Arts in Bryn Mawr College's Collections Bryn Mawr College , Apr 23, 2002 – May 20, 2002

  • Owner Name: Helen Burwell Chapin, Class of 1914, AB 1915
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA
    Acquisition Method: Unknown
    Disposal Method: Donation to Bryn Mawr College
    Ownership Start Date: Unknown
    Ownership End Date: 1950

  • Owner Name: Bryn Mawr College
    Role: Seller
    Place: Sotheby's Auction House, New York, New York
    Acquisition Method: Donation to Bryn Mawr College
    Disposal Method: Not Sold, still in College Collection
    Ownership Start Date: 1950
    Remarks: In the May 30, 1990 Sotheby's Sale of Chinese Works of Art, Sale Number 6028. This object did not sell.

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Sotheby's, Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Sotheby's. New York, 1990
    Page Number: Lot. 34

Portfolio List Click a portfolio name to view all the objects in that portfolio
This object is a member of the following portfolios:

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=BMC>cite web |url= |title=Buckle Hook with Inlay |author=Bryn Mawr College Library Special Collections |accessdate=2/5/2023 |publisher=Bryn Mawr College</ref>

Showing 1 of 1

Your current search criteria is: Exhibition is "An Appreciation of Chinese Arts in Bryn Mawr College's Collections" and [Object]Culture-Nationality is "Chinese" and [Object]Period/Era/Dynasty is "Warring States".

View current selection of records as: