PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Old Food Basket Hook (PH001)
Description of item:
Old food basket suspension hook, hardwood, excellent patina; collected by Geoff Carey from Yensenmungua, Middle Sepik in 1978.
Height: 33 cm (13 inches)
Depth: 4 cm (1.5 inches)
Width: 16.5 cm (6 inches)
In the Sepik area, suspension hooks are carved for domestic use. This is a simple yet very elegant food basket hook used throughout the Sepik River houses to suspend food and valuables on baskets to protect them from rats and insects. A single male ancestor figure forms the main body of the hook with the aim to protect the household from evil spirits.
Craig, B. ‘Living Spirits with Fixed Abodes’, (2010: 93).
Geoff Carey (New Guinea Gallery)