Suspension hook from the Iatmul of the Middle Sepik River in Papua New Guinea.
The carving is characteristic.
Three faces above a crocodile? are depicted on the hook. At the bottom are two hooks with eyes. The back also has faces but more stylized.
Suspension hooks have both utilitarian and ceremonial functions. They suspended from the roof by a cord. They are used to safeguard food, clothing, and other items, which are placed in baskets or string bags. These hung from the hook-shaped prongs to keep them out of reach of vermin.
These suspension hooks were also used to contact spirits about more minor matters. Most hooks are adorned with representations of ancestral spirits and totemic animals associated with the owner’s clan.
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- Γάντζος ανάρτησης - 75 cm
- Ομάδα έθνικ/πολιτισμός
- Sepik (central), Papua New Guinea
- Mid 20th century
- Sold with stand
- 75×6×16 cm