I am often asked how does one differentiate between a metal carved New Guinea sculpture and a pre-contact, stone-carved example. Most importantly I tell my clients to look at the style of the piece. The style itself must correspond to the earliest known examples from that particular area. Then, once the early, classic style is confirmed then look for details of manufacture. Are there the sharp, distinct cuts made by a steel adze? Then that quickly disqualifies it being stone-carved. But if instead one sees a total lack of straight crisp edges and instead sees rounded, organic volumes and carving marks that look more crushed than cut—then more than likely the piece is pre-contact and made with non-metal tools. I bring this up to highlight the present Middle Sepik suspension hook with classic style, refined facial paint, twin fish for shoulders and a mud fish face for the bottom hook. The lug on the reverse is rough-hewn and utilitarian. I have illustrated this piece in my “Michael Hamson Oceanic Art Paris 2011” catalog, no. 11 and most recently in my “Paris 2018” catalog no. 32. The suspension hook dates to the late 19th century, stands 24 ¾” (62.9 cm) in height and the price is available upon request. Questions?