Country of Origin
New Guinea; Gulf of Papua
35” x 6 ¾” x ¼”
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 or gunwale of a war canoe; and carved in relief with depictions of a central face with rising liner geometric patterning 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 board is perhaps later in style than some but completely traditional. The motifs are thought to represent skeletal imagery.
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