NEW GUINEA MIDDLE SEPIK IATMUL MALE HOOK FIGURE
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)