Sac-Sac Peg – Abelam
Medium: Wood, Fiber
Dimensions: L. 19
Origin: Abelam, Maprik, Papua New Guinea
Provenance: James Pongrass Collection, Argyle Primitive Arts, 1973, Sydney, Australia
Exhibited: New Orleans, University of New Orleans 1975, Private Museum, Xiamen, China 2011, University of Houston Community College 2015
The top of the Sac-Sac Sago Peg is beautifully carved with an ancestors head surmounted by a birds head. These pegs were used like a clothespin to hold together the ends of a sieve while washing sago. They were a reminder of the presence of their ancestors in day to day activities.