Themes: Food / Language / Carving

Suspension hook

Description:
The main part of the hook depicts a standing female figure with her hands clasped over her lower abdomen. The head is large and mask-like, with a hooked nose, well delineated teeth and a tongue sticking out. The hook itself, at the bottom of the object, cuts the legs off at the calves, and is carved to resemble two inverted birds.


Context:
Suspension hooks are usually used to hang food and other precious items away from the ground. They are suspended from the roof timbers, and hung with bags called 'billums'