Suspension Hook
Lake Sentani, North West New Guinea
19th Century
Published 1959 "The Art of Lake Sentani" Museum of Primitive Art Fig 72-72a

This fantastic suspension hook from the Lake Sentani region is a distinctive example. Zoomorphic in conception, this hook hung upside down representing a fruit bat. The powerful body with wide shoulders and delineated scapula tapers down to a narrow waist. The inner arms act as the hook which is an ingenious use of form and space. The face is quite expressive with its enigmatic grin. Carved from hard wood with a deep blackened patina.

This hook stands 10 inches tall.

SOLD / IN 8-6-10