Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Belthook (daiguo) decorated with a monkey
4th–3rd century BCE, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770–227 BCE)
Bronze with silver and turquoise inlay
H: 7.9 cm
Gift of Giuseppe Eskenazi, London
Accession number: B08.1054
Hooks like these were used to close a garment or a belt. Inlaid with gold and silver and encrusted with jade and semiprecious stones, they provided the opportunity to show off wealth and status.

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir