Two types of hooks can be found in Papua New Guinea. Though they might serve a utilitarian purpose, they also serve important symbolic and ceremonial functions directed toward the welfare of the entire village.
In the rainy season, baskets hooks are used to suspend bags of food and valuables away from rats and insects.
Skulls of enemies were displayed on these sacred hooks. These hooks were only hung in the mens houses.
Wood, clay, shells
& human hair, 30
Wood, shells, clay, cane
& human hair, 29
Wood, shells, tortoise
shell, cane, grasses &
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