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Yentchan Village, Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

Suspension hook, female figure
Place of origin
Yentchan VillageMiddle Sepik RiverEast Sepik ProvincePapua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Iatmul people
collected 1965
Media category
Materials used
wood with serrated edges and traces of pigment

86.0 cm height

Purchased 1965
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Yentchan Village is located in the East Sepik Province of New Guinea, along the the Middle Sepik River.

Basket hooks, or suspension hooks, are common in the villages along the Sepik River. They make up part of a typical household's furnishings together with Chambri clay fireplaces and storage jars, Biwat fish smoking pots, assorted fish baskets and nets.

The hooks are hung from the beams inside and under the houses and string bags (bilums), plaited baskets and other containers filled with items such as yams are hung from the hooks. This helps keep food and other articles stored safely out of the reach of children, dogs and rodents.

© Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005

Bibliography (1)

Peter Laverty (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly (vol. 13, no. 4), Sydney, Jul 1972, 697 (illus.). "The primitive art area is temporarily situated on the first floor. Exhibits are from the Sepik River, New Guinea, along with a grave-symbol figure from New Hebrides, in the left foreground". The 'Suspension hook' is seen on the wall, together with other works collected by Tuckson in the 1960s and early 1970s.