NEW GUINEA MIDDLE SEPIK IATMUL MALE HOOK FIGURE

Origin: New Guinea, E. Sepik Province, Middle Sepik River, Iatmul People  (Provenance: Ex. Collection of Jan Lundberg, Malmo Sweden)

Period/Date:  Circa 1930-40's

Materials: hardwood, natural earth pigments, resin, cowrie shell

Description:  This fabulous quality food suspension hook features a full three dimensional male figure.  It is skillfully crafted with the arms carved away from the body and hands resting at the midpoint of a flamboyant projection connecting the chin and the crotch.   It shows extensive wear and use and has acquired a semi-crusted patina over its layer pigments.  In good condition with no mends or loss.  Presented on a custom "stepped" hardwood base.

Hooks like this were essential to protecting food, keeping it a "safe distance" from rats.  It would have been hung with heavy rattan from the rafters of a house and net bags filled with yams, fruit, etc would be hung from each side of the hooked base.

Dimensions:   Height: 32.25"  (82 cm), Width 6 5/8"  (17 cm)

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