Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, central Sepik River region, Arambak People, 20th Century / Hook Figure / c. 1920-1930Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, central Sepik River region, Arambak People, 20th Century
Hook Figure
c. 1920-1930

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Pacific; Melanesian; New Guinean; Papuan; Arambak
Creator Name-CRT: Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, central Sepik River region, Arambak People, 20th Century
Title: Hook Figure
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 1920
Creation End Date: 1930
Creation Date: c. 1920-1930
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: painted wood and cowrie shell
Dimensions: Overall: 207cm x 6.4cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1963.553
Credit Line: Gift of Edgar A. Hahn
Context: To the Arambak People, this abstract human figure represents the spirit of war and hunting. Stored in the men's ceremonial houses, such sculptures could not be viewed by women or children. Before hunting or headhunting expeditions, such figures were rubbed with special substances to induce possession by the spirit. The hook arching above the stylized face represents a feather. In the middle of the body is the heart, framed by crescent-shaped ribs. Below is the figure's calf.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1963.553
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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