A SEPIK SUSPENSION HOOK “SAMBAN”
Provenance Philip and Rosalind Goldman, London
Suspension hooks are carved by men throughout the Sepik region and are used to suspend nets or trays filled with food, protecting contents from water and vermin. Objects such as weapons, musical instruments and ancestral human skulls or victims of headhunting were also hung on “samban” in the past. Found in all dwelling houses, the most heavily decorated suspension hook’ held an important place in the ‘geko’, or men’s ceremonial house.
This hook has faces and decorations on both sides.
Origin: Midde Sepik River, Papua New Guinea. Nice patina of use.
Wood, dark patina, beginning of 20th century
Price: € 4.000