In Papua New Guinea, "spirit boards," also known as gope, were carved from wood by important men of an extended family or clan and placed in shrines within a man’s house. Made from discarded canoes and usually decorated with carved and painted designs on one side, these boards vary greatly by region. The most interesting and diverse styles come from the area of the Central Gulf, between the Urama River, Era River and Wapo Creek areas. The Wasserstrom examples shown below are all from this area.
These boards were collected and donated by James Wasserstrom in honor of Daniel Munzert ’05 to The College at Brockport – SUNY via The Brockport Foundation.
Background information and details provided by: Scott Rodolitz – Certified Member of the International Fine Art Appraisers