Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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hanging hook
  • Papua New Guinea
  • hanging hook, late 1800s–1968
  • Where object was made: Papua New Guinea
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 57 x 14 x 6.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 7/16 x 5 1/2 x 2 1/2 in
  • Gift of James A. Sleeper
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2849

The human-like face has a narrow column below the chin that ends in a large two-pronged hook. It has a narrow white face with small ears. The forehead has large black ovals with a vertical sawtooth ridge and small black eyes with a black line continuing down the nose. The nose is red with black at the bottom. It has a red smiling mouth over a black chin. The column is decorated with bands of black and white and the hook is red.