$2,800 - $3,500
Large Rennel Island shark Hook (GAUNG’AKAO). Carved hardwood and woven sennit fibre. A Rennell Island shark hook gaung’akao. Finely carved in hard dark brown wood with tightly-woven sennit fiber attached and forming a loop at the top; wear and patina indicative of age and cultural use. Approx 36cm with fibre.
PROVENANCE: cf. see Adrienne L. Kaeppler. Polynesia - The Mark and Carolyn Blackburn Collection of Polynesian Art, 2010, p.272, pl.227 - “Ritual hooks were used by the priest of the island to invoke the gods before fishing and were considered taboo.” John Magers Collection, Sydney.
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