SEPIK RIVER BOARD 1, New Guinea

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SEPIK RIVER
Board 1
35.5"h. x 10.25"w. x 1.75"d.
$1000
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Gope boards are wooden ritual objects made in the Papuan Gulf of New Guinea. They represent spirits which can protect clans from sickness, evil spirits, and death. These gope boards vary in size, but can be up to six feet long and have a consistent elliptical shape. They are carved in relief and then painted with lime(white) and red ochre and other natural pigments. Most gope boards depict the face of an ancestral spirit.

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