Hook Figure, Ramu River, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea

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Lot 324
Hook Figure, Ramu River, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea

US$ 25,000 - 35,000
€ 21,000 - 29,000

African and Oceanic Art

22 May 2018, 15:00 PDT

Los Angeles

Hook Figure, Ramu River, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea
tsambun
Wood, cowrie shells
height 24 5/8in (62.5cm)

Provenance
Gustav Umlauff, Hamburg, 1930s
Julius August Konietzko, Hamburg
Guy Loudmer, Drouot-Richelieu, Paris, 7-9 December 1991, Lot 168
Michel Gaud Collection, Saint Tropez
Eduardo Uhart, Santiago, Chile and Paris
Christine Valluet, Paris
Joris Visser, Brussels
Antonio Onrubia Collection, Barcelona

Published
Arts d'Afrique Noire, Winter 2003, no. 128, p. 29
Onrubia, Antonio, La Diversidad de las Formas, Editorial Gustavo Gili, S.L., Barcelona, 2016, fig. 261

Depicting the waken ancestral figure, hook like these "were used to hang carrying bags and baskets with food away from rats. Bunches of beetle nuts, clothes, tools, drums, and flutes were also suspended. Spirits or mythical beings associated with specific clans were portrayed. Known by name, the hooks were given offerings of food and were expected to have a positive influence on the food supply." (Friede, John, New Guinea Art - Masterpieces from the Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, 2015, p. 124)
Contacts
Hook Figure, Ramu River, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea
Hook Figure, Ramu River, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea
Hook Figure, Ramu River, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea
Hook Figure, Ramu River, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea
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