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Tonaga Suspension Hook (Gogodala): SOLD
Tonaga Suspension Hook (Gogodala)
A Gogodala suspension hook, tonaga,
with the upper end representing Domeya, a clan figure of the Lalamana clan being devoured by sili, the python. The hook end is carved with the head of Segedaba, the hornbill, a clan totem. The Bainale insignia has resin mounts at its centre to which the red abrus seeds use to be affixed; A light patina. Material: wood, resin, pigments; length: 860mm.
Provenance:
The club was collected from the Kini longhouse in October, 1989. Kini village is about 10 kilometres south of Balimo in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea. Acquired by LukLuk Gallery in 1990.
The hook is used on ceremonial occasions and was carved by the artist Kena Manena of the Lalamana clan in the early 1980s.
Discussion:
Comparison:
See 'Crawford, A.L. 1981' - (p.362).
Artefact Code: ML0053
Tonaga Suspension Hook (Gogodala)
Artefact Condition:
This wooden artefact was acquired by LukLuk Gallery in 1990 in a very good condition with no signs of any detioration. It has maintained this stable condition in a gallery environment for over 15 years.
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Tonaga Suspension Hook (Gogodala) Fig. 3: Head of Suspension Hook (tonaga)

New Guinea showing the region of the Gogodala people between the Aramia River and the Fly River Estuary

Map 1: New Guinea and the region of the Gogodala between the Aramia River and the Fly River Estuary in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea

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