Within the ceremonial houses among the Bahinemo people of the Hunstein mountains south of the middle Sepik River, initiations and other rites took place and sacred objects, known as the garra, or gra were kept. With two distinct forms of hook figures created, this piece consists of a series of concentric hooks surrounding a central mask like projection. This style of Garra is known to be associated with water spirits, their hooks identified with catfish whiskers. The Garra served as hunting totems with their supernatural powers assisting in the capture of game, whilst also serving as a role in male initiation ceremonies.
Dimensions: 37.5" x 10"
Location: Hunstein Mountains, Namu Village, Papua New Guinea, Sepik.
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