The belt hook originates in Asia circa the 7th century BC. It predates the belt buckle. Early examples can be found in bronze, iron, gold and jade. One school of thought believes that beautiful belt hooks could be compared to beautiful woman. Also featured on belted pants by elite during ancient times. The more wealth and status were easily seen by the belt hook one wore.
This white jade example is a rare example on many levels. It is pure white, elegantly carved and semi-translucent. Exquisitely carved with sharp details with a soft silky polish and patina. The head is in the shape of a dragon. It should be noted that fine white material was not readily available and thus very costly. Re-Attachment. Approximately 4 7/8” Long. Chinese - Warring States - 475-221 BC.
For A Similar Example In Silver And Gold: Christie's London - Sale #13981 May 9, 2017 Lot #13: Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art - A SILVER AND GOLD INLAID BELTHOOK HAN DYNASTY (206 BC - 220 AD) The slender belthook is of typical arched shape with a dragon-head terminal. The inlays depicting scrolling motifs. 7 1/8 in. (8.1 cm.) long