Kanganaman's old Haus Tambaran was one of the most elaborately carved on the Sepik. Even in ruin, it was impressive. The village is located a short walk off the river. The carvers make elegant, sinuous figures including many suspension hooks (samban in Iatmul) with ancestor and crocodile figures. These carvings are expensive, even in the village, and so not many are bought for resale. They are usually finished with dark, soot-based paint.
See also our article on Basket Hooks in the Guide to Artifacts.
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Artifacts on this site are collected in the field by my husband, Ron Perry. I take the photographs, do the html, text and maps. More background in Who We Are. Art-Pacific has been on the WWW since 1996. We hope you enjoy our New Guinea tribal art and Indonesian folk art as much as we do. Carolyn Leigh, P.O. Box 85284, Tucson, AZ 85754-5284 USA, Art-Pacific at http://www.art-pacific.com/