Stunning Fine Old Nukuma Waskuk Spirit Hook, East Sepik, Png, Papua New Guinea
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Stunning Fine Old Nukuma Waskuk Spirit Hook, East Sepik, Png, Papua New Guinea:
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Collected in the 1960's by a manager of a large multi-national firm who spent 25 years living and working in PNG in the East New Britain area around Kokopo, this is a fine vintage carved Nukuma Waskuk Spirit Hook Figure from the Nukuma, East Sepik region of Papua New Guinea. This is part of a wonderful collection amassed by this individual (who wishes to remain anonymous) and her husband over a 25 year period and brought back to Australia in the early 90's. Over 600 pieces in total.
This raw organic Nukuma Waskuk Spirit Hook Figure is well carved with a concave facial plane, sharp features and is of classical form. This is a fine old figure of far higher quality than is usually found and is truly a rare museum quality organic piece. These ancestral and totemic beings are represented by wooden figures kept in the men's ceremonial houses. They are used in the Men's house on which to hang valuables and ritual items and, in the not so distant past, to hang the skulls of vanquished enemies. These hooks are used along the Sepik for both secular and ceremonial purposes. The well used piece has been flame dried over a fire showcasing its early origins. The Kwoma and Nukuma people live in the foothills rising above Ambunti. Like the Abelam people, they pursue a way of life centered on the Yam cult. The estimated age of the piece is between 1930’s to 1940’s. This is a museum quality stunning collectors piece
H – 37 cm
W –9 cm
Pre post weight – 0.230 kg
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