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Male figure, left: 1978.412.856
Female figure, right: 1978.412.857

Metropolitan Museum of Art Web Resources

  • Timeline of Art History
  • Male Figure (1978.412.856)
  • Female Figure (1978.412.857). New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. (May 2008)

Published Resources

Links with shelf numbers refer to WATSONLINE, the online library catalog of the Museum. Photocopies of each source reference are available in the Goldwater Library. Certain electronic resources are accessible within the museum or with an approved remote connection.

General information on Papua New Guinea and/or the Sepik River

  • Kaufmann, Christian. "Melanesia." Oceanic Art. By Adrienne L. Kaeppler, Christian Kaufmann and Douglas Newton. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1997. [P3 K11o REF]
    • Pp. 572, 584
    • Brief overview of the Sepik area with a map designating stylistic zones along the river. Information on the Ewa people and their art
  • Sepik. Paris: Galerie Meyer, 1992. [P7K S47]
    • Pp. 4-13, 50-51
  • Fleuve Sepik, Nouvelle-Guinée. Paris: J. Kerchache, 1967. [P7K G94]

Specific information on Sepik art

  • Wardwell, Allen. The Art of the Sepik River: the Art Institute of Chicago, 16 October-28 November, 1971. Chicago: The Institute, 1971. [P2 C53a]
    • Discussion of the middle Sepik region, including Karawari River and the Arambak people, with illustrations
  • Newton, Douglas. "The Art of the Sepik." Portfolio, 4:4 (July-Aug. 1982). [RGL VERTICAL FILE / N]
    • Pp. 80-83
  • Greub, Suzanne (ed.). Authority and Ornament : Art of the Sepik River, Papua New Guinea. Basel: Tribal Art Centre, 1985. [P2 B35]
    • Pp. 19-26

Specific information on hook figures

  • Art of New Guinea : Sepik, Maprik and Highlands. Los Angeles: The Ethnic Art Galleries, 1967. [P2 L91]
    • Pp. 26-28, 44-45
    • Detailed description of hook figures with illustrations
  • The Caves of Karawari. New York: D'Arcy Galleries, 1968. [P2 N53]
    • Recounting of story about the origin of hook figures with illustrations
  • Museum of Primitive Art. Three Regions of Melanesian Art, New Guinea and the New Hebrides. New York: Distributed by University Publishers, 1960. [P6 N55]
    • Pp. 6-9
    • Discussion of Arambak people and their artwork
  • Maksic, Sava and Paul Meskil. Primitive art of New Guinea, Sepik River Basin. Worcester, Mass.: Davis Publications, 1973. [P7K M23]
    • Pp. 36-38
  • Beran, Harry (ed.). Oceanic and Indonesian Art: Collectors' Choice. Woollahra, N.S.W.: Oceanic Art Society ; Bathurst, N.S.W.: in association with Crawford House Publishing, 1998. [P3 O15i]
    • Pp. 8
    • Illustration with brief description
  • Greub, Suzanne (ed.). Authority and Ornament: Art of the Sepik River, Papua New Guinea. Basel: Tribal Art Centre, 1985. [P2 B35]
    • Pp. 125, 127-130, 199-200
    • Illustrations with background information on hook figures
  • Thomas, Nicholas. Oceanic Art. London; New York: Thames and Hudson, 1995. [P3 T45o]
    • Pp. 45
  • Newton, Douglas. "A Note on the Kamaggabi of the Arambak, New Guinea." Man, 64 (Jan.- Feb., 1964). [Online]
    • Pp. 11-12
  • Stöhr, Waldemar. Melanesien; schwarze Inseln der Südsee. Köln, Druck: J. P. Bachem, 1971. [P2 C69]
    • Pp. 115-117
  • Haberland, Eike. "Urwald und Däomen: die Yimar am Oberen Yipwon." In Neuguinea, vol. 2. Edited by Mark Münzel. Frankfurt am Main: Museum für Völkerkunde, 1987.
    • Pp. 666-671

Gallery of illustrations of hook figures

  • Museum für Völkerkunde und Schweizerisches Museum für Volkskunde Basel. Ozeanische Kunst: Meisterwerke aus dem Museum für Völkerkunde Basel. Basel: Stiftung zur Förderung des Museums für Völkerkunde und Schweizerischen Museums für Volkskunde Basel, 1980. [P2 B32]
    • Nos. 98-99, 102-103
  • Kunststile am Sepik. Basel: Museum für Völkerkunde und Schweizerisches Museum für Volkskunde Basel, 1960. [P2 B29 3]
    • Pp. 4
  • Newton, Douglas. New Guinea Art in the Collection of the Museum of Primitive Art. New York: Museum of Primitive Art; distributed by the New York Graphic Society, Greenwich, Conn., 1967. [P7 A78N56n]
    • Pp. 81-84
  • Arts of Oceania. Dallas: Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, 1970. [P2 D14]
    • No. 61-63
  • Bodrogi, Tibor. Oceanian Art. Budapest: Corvina, 1959. [P3 B66]
    • Pp. 18
  • Kaufmann, Christian. Ozeanien: Menschen in ihrer Umwelt. Basel: Museum für Völkerkunde und Schweizerisches Museum für Volkskunde : Reinhardt Media Service [distributor], 1992. [PE K21]
    • Pp. 127
  • Goldman, Philip. Hunstein Korowori. London: Gallery 43, 1971. [P2 L84]

Further reading in German

  • Haberland, Eike. Die Yimar am oberen Korowori (Neuguinea). Wiesbaden: Steiner, 1974. [P7K H11]
    • Pp. 364-378
  • Haberland, Eike. "Zum Problem der 'Hakenfiguren' der sudlichen Sepik-Region in Neuguinea." Paideuma, 10 (1964). [A P142 v.10]
    • Pp. 52-76

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