Country of Origin
New Guinea; Gulf of Papua
40” x 12” x 1”
Overall fine condition, some depredation and wear commensurate with traditional use.
Wasserstrom Papuan Gulf Spirit Boards
Gope Board of classical form, made from a slightly bowed piece of hardwood, possibly the bottom of a war canoe; and carved in relief with depictions of a figure 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 brown, black and white.
This example exhibits an archaic-style face, attesting to its age and simple but powerful renderings of limbs and a central umbilicus in the form of a triangle. This piece has a primal beauty that is simple while structurally cogent.
gope board, spirit boards, Papua New Guinea, Daniel Munzert, James Wasserstrom