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Basket Hooks from New Guinea

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Basket hooks, also called suspension hooks, are common in the villages of New Guinea. On the Sepik River, they make up part of a typical household's furnishings along with Chambri clay fireplaces and storage jars, Biwat fish smoking pots, assorted fish baskets and nets.

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Figure 1: Basket hook from the Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea.

They are hung from the beams inside and under the houses. String bags (bilums in Pisin English), plaited baskets and other containers filled with items such as yams are hung from the hooks. This helps keep food and important articles stored safely out of the reach of children, dogs, rodents and anything else.

In the men's Haus Tambarans, they may become quite elaborate and their use is often more sacred and ceremonial.

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Melanesian art TOC | Map of art areas of Melanesia
Papua New Guinea: Highlands: body art - Bundi tapa - jewelry/dancers | Karawari and Blackwater Rivers: masks - carvings - map | Massim: artifacts- Trobriand Kula - map | Kula canoe | New Britain: Baining - Sulka - Tolai dukduk | New Ireland: Malagan | Ramu River: masks - carvings - map | Sepik River: masks - carvings - villages - map | Papuan Gulf: masks - carvings - map - Gogodala - Kukukuku
other areas: Asmat | Solomon Islands: crafts - jewelry - map
art and craft:
barkcloth (tapa) | body art | cane and fiber figures | canoes and prows | jewelry/dancers | masks - Middle Sepik | phallocrypts | pottery - Chambri | shields | story boards | suspension hooks | weapons | yam masks - fiber | yam masks - wood

Indonesian art TOC | Dyak baby carriers and masks | furniture | Java folk art | Lombok baskets | Lombok lontar boxes | masks from Bali and Java | puppets

China: Bai textiles/art TOC | baby carriers | baby hats | woodblock prints

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