Spirit Board, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea height 36 1/2in (93cm)
Lot 36
Spirit Board, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea
Sold for US$ 4,375 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Spirit Board, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea
gope
Wood, kaolin
height 36 1/2in (93cm)

Provenance:
Private English Collection, acquired in the 1950s
By descent to present owner
Private Collection, San Francisco

According to Friede (2005, Vol. 2, p. 161), "Gope were displayed in a village men's house and represented powerful spirits or mythical ancestors who were associated with warfare and headhunting. They had the magical capacity of helping the warriors in their group by making them invisible while also weakening the enemy."
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