Tami Island Suspension Hook

Tami Islands
20th century

Object Place: Tami Islands, Papua New Guinea


11.5 in. h x 3.25 in. w x 2.5 in. d

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, pigment

Not On View


Africa and Oceania




About 1900, said to have been collected from Bakaua Island, Papua New Guinea, by a German expedition and taken to Europe. Acquired in Europe by Wayne Heathcote (dealer), New York; sold by Heathcote to an unknown collector, who sold it back to Heathcote; April 4, 1984, sold by Heathcote to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1996, partial gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA; 2014, acquired fully with the bequest of William Teel to the MFA. (Accession Dates: December 18, 1996 and February 26, 2014)

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel