Creator

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Approximate Date

20th Century

Country of Origin

New Guinea; Gulf of Papua

Medium

Wood, pigment

Size

43” x 11” x ¼”

Condition

Overall fine condition, some depredation and wear commensurate with traditional use.

Collection

Wasserstrom Papuan Gulf Spirit Boards

Description

Gope Board of classical form, made from a slightly bowed piece of hardwood, possibly the bottom or gunwale of a war canoe; and carved in relief with depictions of a face at top above a stylized body and umbilical motif in classical style for the region. Originally from the area between the Era River, Purari Delta and Urama region. The board shows age and use, with pigments in dark red, black and white.

This superb board is classical in every way with a fine conception of a stylized body with head, torso and umbilicus. Boards of this type can be seen in period photos from the 1930’s. The central motif, possibly a clan-totem, was a favorite canoe-gunwale decoration when turned horizontally.

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