Skip to Content

Oceanic Art (Pacific Islands)

Showing 4 of 29


  FILTER RESULTS

Hook Figure (Yipwon)

85 in. (215.9 cm)

Unknown, Arambak
Papua New Guinean

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Wood, shell
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1970.82
Location: Currently on view
Link to this object

This hook figure, or yipwon, is a 20th century reproduction of old, powerful figures believed to guide and assist tribes in hunting and warfare. The hooks represent ribs which surround the central element of the heart. The large yipwon were kept in the sacred space of the Men’s House where it acted as a vessel to house primordial ancestral spirits. These spirits were called into the yipwon prior to battle by a senior man who activated the figure by rubbing it with powerful substances. If the battle was a success, returning warriors smeared it with the blood of their victims. Particularly effective yipwon were handed down for generations.

[Gallery label text, 2009]

Keywords Click a term to view the records with the same keyword

Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Bibliography
This object has the following bibliographic references:

Portfolio List Click a portfolio name to view all the objects in that portfolio
This object is a member of the following portfolios:


Your current search criteria is: Portfolio is "Oceanic Art (Pacific Islands)".

View current selection of records as:
CDWA Lite XML LIDO XML VRA Core 4 MODS XML Objects JSON