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Carved Wood Hook Figure Papua New Guinea

Origin Papua New Guinea
Period 1920-1949
Materials wood
Dimensions
W. 8 in; H. 26.5 in; D. 2.5 in;
W. 20.32 cm; H. 67.31 cm; D. 6.35 cm;
Condition Good. Overall wear and patina; losses of some tassels.
Creation Date 1950s
Description The elaborated carved wood figure with hooks was widely used by indigenous people to suspend items and foods in their huts across Papua New Guinea, mostly along the Sepik River. The piece on offer was likely from the Mid Sepik River region circa 1950s. The upper portion centers on a hooked roundel that extends down to a stem with stylized chevron patterns. The lower portion is a bifurcated with a facial design. The wood was stained black and the reliefs were outline in contrast with white lime powder hook. Some tassels remains not sure if they are original. The design on the front and the back are identical and executed with same details, suggesting the piece would have been used in the middle of the room not against a wall. An old metal tag with a catalog number remained on the lower extremity of the piece as shown.
Styles / Movements Bespoke, Traditional, Tribal
Patterns Abstract, Animal/Insects, Geometric, Handmade
Incollect Reference Number 458423
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