Iatmul people

(Papua New Guinea  – )

Suspension hook, female figure

Not on display
Further information

Yentchan Village is located in East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea, along the Middle Sepik River.

Basket hooks, or suspension hooks, are common in the villages along the Sepik River. They make up part of a typical household's furnishings together with Chambri clay fireplaces and storage jars, Biwat fish smoking pots, assorted fish baskets and nets.

The hooks are hung from the beams inside and under the houses and looped string bags, plaited baskets and other containers filled with items such as yams are hung from the hooks. This helps keep food and other articles stored safely out of the reach of children, dogs and rodents.

© Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005

Place of origin
Yentchan Village, Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Iatmul people
early 20th century-mid 20th century
collected 1965
wood, rattan cane, white and orange ochre natural pigments
86.0 cm x 26.0 x 5.0 cm (excl. rattan hanging loop)
Purchased 1965
Accession number