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Suspension hook

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Wooden hooks varying in size and elaboration are among the most common objects from the Sepik region. Fastened by rope to the rafters of ceremonial men's houses or family dwellings, they suspend net bags or baskets filled with ritual paraphernalia, valuables, and food, thus protecting these...

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Given to the MFA by William and Bertha Teel in 1994. Purchased from Wayne Heathcote, New York, April 1984. Collected by E. J. Wauchope in 1930's.

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

Biwat peoples, Papua New Guinea, 19th–20th century

Object Place

Yuat River region, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea


33.02 cm (13 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, pigment


Africa and Oceania


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