Suspension Hook

Sawos Sepik River, Papua New Guinea 19th - early 20th century

This striking piece is a Janus, or two-faced suspension hook. A different face has been carved on each side, representing ancestors

of the village. One of the faces shows remnants of lime that was used for decorative purposes. The hook is carved from extremely hard wood and bears a deep, black, crusty surface. There is subtle evidence of wear and a shiny black patina on the interior edge of the hook. This is due to the fact that netting was hung from the hook in order to suspend food and valuables. The overall form of the sculpture has a floating quality, which is enhanced by the asymmetrical curving form of the hook. This piece was carved with non metal tools.

16.5 inches tall.