Basket Hook, Lake Sentani, West Papua, Indonesia, Early 20th Century

Early 20th Century
wood
64 x 16 cm
$850

Basket Hooks, or food hooks, hang from the rafters in Melanesian houses. The hooks hung baskets to hold food, to keep it safe from rats and insects. The best are always carved by artists with the traditional designs of the tribe, Lake Sentani art is always semi-abstract, and is dominated by the motifs on this hook – wave-like forms that represent both water and wind. Specifically this motif is described as “ripples on the water when the wind blows”. Both wind and water are elementary forces of nature that connect to life forces in Lake Sentani beliefs and mythology. Wind is believed to blow life force into Nature – trees, animals and humans – and without these winds, life would cease.

Available

Contact us to obtain a shipping quote for what you are interested in. object@michaelreid.com.au +61 2 6546 6767

Due to the unique nature of every artwork with relation to size, weight, distance and value – shipping costs will need to be quoted individually for each sale. We can arrange shipping at cost for you through one of our trusted partners and will present the options available to you.

Q: How much is shipping?
A: Delivery costs will vary from artwork to artwork – but we will provide you the options available to you at cost.

Q: Will my artworks be insured in transit?
A: Yes, all artworks will be covered by insurance en route to you. 

Q: When will my artwork arrive?
A: In most cases we can get your artwork to you within 5 working days within Australia.

Enquire about this item