Five bronze hooks are found in the tomb of the Nanyue king. On the top of the hook, there is an inverted bell. Water are poured into the bell, so that ants are prevented from eating the hooked food. In some Guangdong villages nowadays, there are vessels called "Making the Ants Furious," which have similar function with these hooks.


  • Title: Bronze Hooks
  • Date: ca.205 B.C. - 24 A.D.
  • Physical Dimensions: h9.5 cm (Complete)
  • Provenance: Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King
  • Type: Metal
  • Object type: Hooks
  • Craftsman: Unknown

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