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Title

Suspension hook, female figure

early 20th century-mid 20th century
collected 1965


Artist

Iatmul people

Papua New Guinea


About

Yentchan Village is located in East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea, along 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 looped string bags, 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


Details


Cultural origin

Iatmul people


Dates

early 20th century-mid 20th century
collected 1965


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

wood, rattan cane, white and orange ochre natural pigments


Dimensions

86.0 cm x 26.0 x 5.0 cm (excl. rattan hanging loop)


Credit

Purchased 1965


Location

Not on display


Accession number

426.1994


Artist information

Iatmul people

Works in the collection

40


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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.