Ritual Hook 11635

Sepik River, Papua New Guinea

Wood, pigment

19th/very early 20th Century

Ex Miguel Covarrubias Collection

39 in/ 99 cm


Suspension hooks of the Sepik River are considered one of the true iconic art forms of Papua New Guinea and this is a good one They have a practical as well as symbolic function, keeping precious property out of danger and free from vermin. The face depicts a guardian figure whose strong presence would keep evil spirits away as well. Ex Harry Franklin Gallery, Ex Private Collection, Beverly Hills.