Basket hanging device
In 1974 Waikato Museum acquired a selection of items, including this basket hanging device, from Graham Jackson. Jackson was a New Zealand anthropologist who spent time living with and researching the Kopon and the Kalam people of the Lower Kaironk Valley in Papua New Guinea.
Jackson fieldnotes: Casket hanging device made from a hardwood branch (this piece looks as if the "V" curve is artificial, having been bent to form and tightly secured by lashing while the form developed during growth). Aglame = used to hang baskets etc. in the house (they are stuck in the wall). Larger ones are used to pull stones out of hot fires. Probably only men gather and make these.
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