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This is a very large fine vintage carved Sepik River Hook from the Upper East Sepik region. These hooks are used along the Sepik for both secular and ceremonial purposes. The piece is not decorative but was used for its intended purpose. The piece is intricately carved and has been flame dried over a fire showcasing its early origins. The hanging hole at the very top of the piece has chipped off and does not effect this fine piece in anyway.
In the home, bilum bags filled with food and possessions are hung from hooks to keep them off the floor, out of the way, and away from children, dogs and vermin. They are used in the Men's house on which to hang valuables and ritual items and, in the not so distant past, to hang the skulls of vanquished enemies.They are still a very commonly used item all along the Sepik as the houses have not really changed all that much since the Stone Age. Figures and masks on the hooks represent ancestors and clan totemic animals. The estimated age of the piece is between 1950’s to 1960’s.
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