Suspension hook with male figure
Papua New Guinea - Sepik
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Jan Lundberg, Malmö, Sweden||H: 30.3 inch||10000 EUR / 20000 EUR|
wood, pigment, cowrie shells, rep., base Figural hooks were integral part of men's houses. The sculptures were hung from the rafters or eves, with valuable foods and personal items hung on their hooks, keeping them away from the numerous vermin. A second function was the protection the hooks gave as intermediaries to the inhabitant ancestral spirits.