South Pacific art objects and artifacts | hook motif
It is important to remember that the Abelam people were said to have migrated north from the Sepik River hundreds of years ago. This Sepik heritage is easily seen in the opposed hook motif found on the ancestral spirit figures from the Roma village area of the grassy lowlands south of the Prince Alexander Mountains. Don’t be fooled by the fresh pigments on this figure—it is an ancient, pre-contact, stone-carved example. Look at the deeply cut pierced septum, the wildly misaligned and pierced ears and the rough-hewn adzing on the back of the head for confirmation of this fact. The piece comes from a Dallas collection, dates to the late 19th/early 20th century, is illustrated in my new catalog “By Descent: Oceanic Art from Old Collections, Paris 2019.” It stands 45” (114.3 cm) tall and the price is available upon request. Questions?