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Basket Hook, Ramu River Area, Madang Province Papua New Guinea


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Collection No. T-734
Size Height 56cm
Basket Hook, Ramu River Area, Madang Province Papua New Guinea
Basket Hook, Ramu River Area, Madang Province Papua New Guinea
Basket Hook, Ramu River Area, Madang Province Papua New Guinea

This finely carved Basket Hook Figure is from the Ramu River area of Madang Province ,Papua New Guinea.  The intricately carved artwork was made by a master carver with a distinct style, it can be viewed as a different artwork on three sides. The front view which shows a male ancestor figure supported by a crocodile on both sides. The second photo shows another small ancestor figure with upraised arms next to a powerful face or mask and the third image shows the crocodile figure and ancestors in profile. The basket hook is carved from a single piece of hardwood and it shows some good age and use where bags of food were hung from the hooks, there is also traces of ochre

One of the things that the early 20th Century European artists loved about Oceanic Art was the New Guinea artists ability to use their own style and change forms from realistic to stylized and often cubist.

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