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  Figure Garra Hunstein Ranges  
  Figure Garra New Guinea Oceanic  
  Garra Figure Hunting totem  
  Figure Garra Papua New Guinea  
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Description: Figure Garra.
  Within the ceremonial houses among the Bahinemo people of the Hunstein mountains south of the
  middle Sepik River, initiations and other rites took place and sacred objects, known as the garra,
  or gra were kept. With two distinct forms of hook figures created, this piece consists of a series of
  concentric hooks surrounding a central mask like projection. This style of Garra is known to
  be associated with water spirits, their hooks identified with catfish whiskers. The Garra served as
  hunting totems with their supernatural powers assisting in the capture of game, whilst also
  serving as a role in male initiation ceremonies.
Dimensions: 37.5" x 10"
Location: Hunstein Mountains, Namu Village, Papua New Guinea, Sepik River Region
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