Lot: 36

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.