Hanging hook

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Registration number
24402
Item name
Hanging hook 
Category
Sculpture/Carving
 
Indigenous name
tonaga 
Maker
Kamaki Isaga  
Associated cultural group
Gogodala 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Western Province > Middle Fly District > Waligi village
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Collector
Gogodala Cultural Centre 
Acquisition date
October 23, 1980 
Acquisition method
by Gogodala Cultural Centre 
Raw material
Wood; feather, egret (Egretta sp); feather, cassowary (Casuarius sp); adhesive putty; seed, abrus (Abrus precatorius); plant fibre, grass; seed
Dimensions
H: 730 mm W: 115 mm L: D: 170 mm Circum:

Description

Carved and painted suspension hook representing a python devouring a clan father as the tail turns into a hornbill.

Research notes

Suspension hook hung during rituals to suspend buckets of kava (sika), which is drunk by the men only. It represents a python named Sili devouring Waliwali a clan father; the tail transposes into Sekedaba the hornbill. Bainale clan pattern of Lalamana clan, Paiya moiety.

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