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Suspension hook

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Although most figurative suspension hooks found throughout the Middle Sepik region have a flat lower element resembling an anchor or half moon, their style varies greatly. They range in size from twelve to eight inches. Very large hooks with elaborately carved figures may have hung in men's...

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1963, acquired in the main ceremonial house of Aibom Village, Papua New Guinea, by Wayne Heathcote, New York; April 1, 1979, sold by Wayne Heathcote to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1991, fractional gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

Iatmul peoples, Sepik River, Papua New Guinea, 20th century

Object Place

Village of Aibom, Middle Sepik River area, New Guinea


91.44 x 27.9 x 15.2 cm (36 x 11 x 6 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, fiber, shell, and pigment


Africa and Oceania


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